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Ukrainians, Russians to face murder charges for downing of Malaysian MH17 plane

NIEUWEGEIN, June 20: The international investigative team has on Wednesday said three Russians and one Ukranian are slated to face murder charges over the deaths of about 298 people abroad in Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that was shot down back in 2014 over eastern Ukraine.

According to Dawn news reports, the suspects are expected to be prosecuted in absentia in proceedings slated to begin next March in the Netherlands. Dutch authorities have stated with the inquiry team, Russia hasn’t cooperated well and is also not likely to surrender defendants.

“These suspects are seen to have played an important role in the death of 298 innocent civilians,” Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said.

“Although they did not push the button themselves, we suspect them of close cooperation to get the (missile launcher) where it was, with the aim to shoot down an airplane.”

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