Following the case of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash in July 2014, prosecutors recently announced charges against four suspects. The suspects included a group of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged for bringing a missile in the eastern Ukraine and shooting down the plane.
MH17 was a passenger flight scheduled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. While flying over eastern Ukraine, the plane was shot down in the War in Donbass, during the Battle of Shakhtarsk, in an area controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
The pro-Russian separatist controlling the territory in Ukraine used the Buk missile system to crash the plane. They fired from a field in a rebel-controlled area to shoot down MH17, while the launcher later returned to Russia.
The MH17 crash killed 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers on the board. The dead numbers included 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12 Indonesians, 10 Britons, four Belgians, four Germans, three Philippine nationals, one New Zealander and one Canadian. The attack brought a wave of discontentment throughout the territory, giving rise to protests and justice calls by the relatives of the dead.
The disappearance of flight 370 on March 8, 2014, and then the plane crash on July 17 in the same year created fear in the minds of the people. Although nothing has been specified as of now, certain countries hold Russia partially responsible for the 2014 attack. This is because Russia supplied the Buk missile to pro-Russian insurgents, providing the missile launcher.
Ukrainian officials also blamed the professional soldiers, who came from Russia with Ukrainian passports, for MH17 crash, believing that they were coordinated with Russia. Continuous accuses and allegations related to the plane crash have been widely denied by Russia, saying that none of its anti-aircraft missile systems had ever crossed the Ukrainian border, the Russian government instead held the Ukrainian forces responsible for the attacks as the crashing took place in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, an international arrest warrant has been issued for the four suspects. Precisely, a court case will begin in Netherlands on March 9, 2020. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that has been evaluating the pros and cons of the whole case has identified the four accused as Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov all from Russia, as well as Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko.
Though none of the suspects pushed the button of destruction themselves, it is believed that they had actively co-operated to bring the launcher to the position, aiming to shoot down the airplane. Besides the four, the JIT accused several others of transporting the missile, leading to the MH17 crash.
The Russian officials have largely rejected the findings of JIT, saying that it only aimed at defaming the Russian federation in front of the international community. They have accused the investigation team of using only the evidences fabricated by Ukraine.
The recent news of four suspects being arrested, recalled the deadly MH17 crash incident. The citizens and officials, who have eagerly been waiting for the criminals to be punished, have welcomed JIT’s decision, supporting them. They even stood together with the family members of the dead people, with justice outcries, to uncover the full truth behind it.
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