Babuskinski district court of Dnipro city, southeastern Ukraine, will hold the session in the case of the Ilyushin Il-76, the Ukrainian army’s cargo aircraft downed by pro-Russian militants in June 2014. Radio Liberty reported that on Wednesday.
The defendants are the leaders of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, whose fighters are held responsible for the downing of the aircraft. The perpetrators will be judged in absentia.
On June 14, 2014, an Ilyushin Il-76MD, the cargo aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down by members of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic. The aircraft was on approach to land at Luhansk International Airport; it was carrying airborne troops and equipment from an undisclosed location. None of the 49 people on board survived.
Former General of Ukraine's military Viktor Nazarov also faced charges with involvement in the disaster; in March, he was sentenced to seven years in prison.