Contents tagged with MH17

  • MH17 court asks prosecution to confirm whether U.S. has satellite data showing Buk missile launch

    The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 in the Donbas has asked the prosecution to confirm whether the U.S. has satellite images showing the launch of a Buk missile, which could have shot down the airliner, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    The request was made by the Head judge Hendrik Steenhuis during the day-long hearing.

    "The documents presented during the discussion, which took place as part of the parliamentary committee round table on January 22, 2016, say that the U.S. has …

  • MH17 crash trial: Russia was planning to send three Buk missile systems to Donbas but only one made it

    Russia sent two Buk anti-aircraft missile systems to the territory of Ukraine and planned to send a third one, Ukrinform reported, citing Eliot Higgins, founder of the international investigative group Bellingcat.

    "The first Buk arrived a few days before MH17 was shot down, but it broke down and had to be sent back to Russia. Then Russia tried to send two more on the night of July 17, but only one missile systems crossed the border, because there were not enough trucks to transport the other …

  • Lawyer of families of MH17 crash victims: Permission to send Buk missile system from Russia to Ukraine was given by Putin

    The Buk surface-to-air missile system from which the Malaysian Boeing 777 flight MH17 was shot down could not have been removed from Russia without the permission of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the lawyer of relatives of the MH17 crash victims, Jerry Skinner, in a comment to Deutsche Welle.

    In his opinion, during the court hearings in the Netherlands, the public will hear the names of advisers close to Putin, and probably, the Russian president himself will be mentioned.

    "I don't …

  • MH17 crash trial: Russian special services were near Buk missile launcher when airliner was shot down

    Russian special services, presumably the FSB, were near the Buk missile launcher, from which the Boeing MH17 was shot down over the Donbas, said Dutch prosecutor Dedy Woei-a-Tsoi at the court hearing in the case of the Boeing MH17 air disaster, RIA Novosti reports.

    The prosecutor referred to a witness who was classified under the code name M58. Presumably, he is a former fighter of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. According to the witness, the Buk crew spoke "with a Russian …

  • MH17 crash trial: Russia intimidates witnesses in attempt to disrupt court hearing in the Hague

    Russia is trying to find and intimidate witnesses in the case of the crash of Malaysian Boeing in the Donbas, the hearings of which began in The Hague, reports Novaya Gazeta with reference to a statement by Dutch State Prosecutor Thijs Berger.

    "The use of special services to try to reveal the identity of witnesses is a real scenario. Their agents have the ability to intercept messages and track people's movements," Berger said, adding that there were attempts by "GRU agents" to hack into the …

  • MH17 defendants face life in prison

    The maximum penalty for the defendants in the case of the crash of Malaysian Boeing MH17 in the Donbass in July 2014 is life imprisonment, said the representative of the Dutch prosecutor's office, Digna van Butzelar, as quoted by UNN news agency.

    The four suspects are charged with two counts: the downing of flight MH17, which resulted in the deaths of all persons on board (Article 168 of the Netherlands Criminal Code), and the murder of 298 people on board flight MH17 (Article 289 of the …

  • MH17 trial: Two Buk missile systems were sent from Russia to Ukraine

    During the first court hearing in the Netherlands in the case of the MH17 air crash in the Donbas, the prosecution stated that at least two Buk anti-aircraft missile systems were sent to Ukraine from Russia in 2014, but one of them broke down on the way, BBC Russian Service reports.

    In 2018, analysts from the Bellingcat investigative group stated that the delivery of the Buk, which was used to shoot down the Malaysian Boeing, was overseen by Oleg Ivannikov, an officer of the Russian GRU (The …

  • MH17 case: Dutch prosecutors classify identities of 13 witnesses due to safety threats

    The identities of 13 witnesses in the case concerning the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 catastrophe will be kept secret on account of threats to their safety, NOS reports. According to the documents from the Netherlands Public Prosecution Office cited by the news outlet, the health and life of the witnesses are at a “significant risk”.

    However, the motion to classify the identity of another witness was rejected by the investigative judge, citing the impossibility of guaranteeing his anonymity. …

  • Ukraine suspends prosecutors investigating MH17 case

    All of the Ukrainian prosecutors who had been investigating the MH17 catastrophe have been suspended from work as part of departmental reforms, the Dutch newspaper NRC Next reports, citing one of the dismissed prosecutors.

    A total of six prosecutors were involved in the investigation on Ukraine’s behalf, two of them as part of the Joint Investigation Team. In recent months, the JIT has not had a single participant from Ukraine.

    Commenting on the dismissal of the prosecutors, Ukrainian Foreign …

  • Dutch prosecutors indict four MH17 case defendants

    The Dutch Public Prosecution Service has brought charges against four defendants in the case concerning the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014, TASS reports, citing Yelena Kutina, the attorney of one of the defendants. The four defendants have been summoned for investigative action.

    The international Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) four suspects are: Oleg “Caliph” Pulatov, Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, Sergey “Gloomy” Dubinsky and Leonid “Mole” …