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MH17 case: One of prosecutors recognizes Russia’s role in Donbas conflict

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prosecutor Dedy Woei-A-Tsoi believes that many of the so-called "separatists" in Donbas were Russian citizens who came to Ukraine to fight
09:53, 9 June 2020

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One of the prosecutors in the case of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing-777 (Flight MH17) stated about Russia's involvement in the armed conflict in Donbas. This was reported by Deutsche Welle.

"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.

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"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.

Related: MH17 case: Convicts might be arrested in any country

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.

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