It had been shot down in the skies over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. On board the flight of the Malaysian Airlines MH17started from Amsterdam and directed to Kuala Lumpur and suddenly disappeared from the radar, everyone died: 298 people, including passengers and crew members. And more than eight years later, the verdict of the maximum security Dutch court set up near the airport has arrived Schiphol from Amsterdam. The aircraft was destroyed by a type missile Buk shot from Pervomaiska locality in the district of Lugansk, at the time of the shooting down under control of pro-Russian separatist militants. “Fragments of the Buk missile found in the bodies of victims are irrefutable proof that it was this missile that caused the flight to be shot down,” the court explained.
The Dutch judge Hendrik Steenhuis began reading the verdict at the conclusion of the trial of three Russians and one Ukrainian. The four defendants, the Russians Igor GirkinSergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and the Ukrainian separatist Leonid Kharchenko they are not in the courtroom today and have never attended the hearings. The international investigation into the tragedy had established that the plane had been shot down by a missile supplied by Fly launched from a field of Pervomaisk, at the time controlled by pro-Russian militias, a thesis accepted in the process which closes today. “The court considers that the flight MH17 was shot down incontrovertibly by a missile launch Buk from a field near Pervomaisk resulting in the deaths of all 283 passengers and 15 crew members,” the judge said. The prosecution sought life sentences for the four defendants.