The UN International Court of Justice in The Hague is expected to finish considering criminal proceedings in the case of the MH17 plane crash by the end of 2023. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Yevhen Yenin on the air of Ukraine 24 TV channel.
"We can only proceed from the calendar of court hearings, the fourth stage of hearings has been determined, that is, in fact, almost the entire year 2021 has been set for them. We should not forget that the joint investigation team continues its work, and we cannot rule out additional charges. As for the hearings in the UN International Court of Justice, we observe the attempts of the Russian Federation to delay the transition to consideration of the issue on the merits, referring to COVID-19, the difficulty in formulating its legal position. As of today, we have a calendar of all court proceedings, which must be completed by a final decision by the end of 2023," said the Deputy Foreign Minister.
According to him, there are several blocks of issues within the investigation of the tragedy.
All these processes are parallel in their nature, but they are all aimed at bringing the Russian state, the military-political leadership, and specific perpetrators of the crime to justice.
As we reported earlier, the previous hearing in the case was held on February 1.