"Russia has played and continues to play an important role in the events in Donbas," prosecutor Dedy Woei-A-Tsoi said during a presentation of the prosecution's position.
The prosecutor described the war in Donbas as "an armed conflict between the Ukrainian army and several armed groups." According to her, the accusation uses the general term "separatists" against the militants.
"Although many of these groups were not Ukrainian citizens who wanted to secede, Russian citizens who came to Ukraine to fight," the prosecution said.
As we reported earlier, none of the four suspects appeared at the second session of the trial in the case of a plane shot down (Flight MH17) over Donbas.
The status of the accused has three citizens of Russia: Sergey Dubinsky, Igor Girkin, and Oleg Pulatov, as well as a citizen of Ukraine, Leonid Kharchenko. They were also absent during the first meeting in March.
The District Court of The Hague has reserved the following periods for the MH17 trial at the Schiphol Judicial Complex (JCS). The court has reserved these periods in order to ensure there will be space available to conduct hearings in the MH17 trial, as other district courts also use the JCS for legal proceedings.