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MH17 suspect, ex-DNR military reconnaissance member detained in Donetsk

Source : 112 Ukraine

Leonid Kharchenko's comrades believe he was taken to custody to prevent capture by Ukrainian special services
18:32, 14 May 2020

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Leonid Kharchenko, the former serviceman of military reconnaissance of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) is now in custody in Donetsk city. BBC reported this, specifying that the man has been one of the suspects in the MH17 case. 

On March 11, the occupant government of the DNR took Kharchenko in. Two months after that, on May 11, the arrest was extended until July 2020. 

According to BBC, Kharchenko's comrades assume he was taken to custody to prevent capture by Ukrainian special services.

The session in the MH17 case in the Netherlands is slated for July 8.

Related: Russian high-rank FSB officer identified as MH17 figure, - Bellingcat

Earlier, Hague district court refused to declassify the names of 12 witnesses; this was something that lawyers of Russian citizen Oleg Pulatov demanded; the man is a suspect in this case.

The trial in the MH17 case began in the Netherlands in March 2020. The Dutch Prosecutor's Office presented five new witnesses in this case, one of which is a Russian citizen. The identities of these people are kept in secret due to possible persecutions by Russian special services.

Related: Next court session in MH17 case to be open for limited circle of people

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