The verdict in the case of the crash of flight MH17 is expected at the end of 2022. It was announced by Ukraine's Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova.
“As for the timing. Prosecutors will make their final speech in November this year. The judges have already set a timetable for when the verdict will be handed down. It can be either September 2022, or November 2022, or December 2022," Venediktova said.
On June 7, 2021, the Hague court began hearings on the merits of the case of the Malaysian plane MH17 downing over Donbas.
On June 8, as the Dutch court keeps looking into the MH17 case, the jury received pieces of evidence that confirm that the civilian airplane was shot by the missile. In turn, that projectile was fired from the launch site located in the militant-controlled part of Donbas.
There are four defendants in this case: Igor Girkin, former Russian military officer and ex-Defense Minister of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic"; Major General Sergei Dubinsky; Colonel Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatov is the only one who cooperates with the court; a group of lawyers represents his interests.
Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in the skies over Donbas on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board - 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They all died. This disaster, in terms of the number of deaths, became the largest in the history of civilian aviation since September 11, 2001. At that time, the area where the plane crashed was controlled by pro-Russian militants.