“In its concluding arguments, the prosecution will dwell in detail on the evidence of the involvement of the four accused in the MH17 tragedy. The lawsuits of the relatives of the victims will also be discussed and the current hearings will end with a request for a verdict,” the message says.
It is noted that they will discuss the second part of the evidence. The issue is about the reaction after the downing of the plane, the movement, and origin of the "Buk", the statements and positions of the accused, the demands of the victims.
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.