#Four suspects to be charged with murder of 298 passengers on flight MH17

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Four people will be prosecuted as a result of an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

On Wednesday it was revealed Igor Gurkin, Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov, all Russian nationals while Leonid Karchchenko, of the eastern Ukraine, will be charged with murder.

International arrest warrants have been issued for the suspects for the murder of all 298 passengers on board flight MH17 when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

All of them are believed to be members of Russian-backed separatist groups.

Girkin was minister of defence in the Moscow-backed Donetsk people’s Republic (DNR).

He was the commander of the DNR when the plane was shot down on 17th July 2014.

Dubinsky served as Girkin’s deputy in the DNR, and Pulatov was Dubinsky’s deputy and Kharchenko was under their command.

Dutch prosecutors will request Russia arrests and tries the nationals as it is against Russian law to extradite residents.

A trial is set to take place in 2020 and the suspects have been urged to attend.

Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine operating during the conflict in the country have been suspected of carrying out the attack, although Vladimir Putin’s government has denied any involvement.

The accused did not push the button themselves but were responsible for bringing the anti-aircraft system to eastern Ukraine.

They could therefore be held criminally liable charged with murdering 298 people, investigators said.

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