Zelensky hopes MH17 crash suspects will stand trial
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he hopes that all suspects over the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over Donbas, eastern Ukraine, in July 2014 will stand trial.
"Ukraine welcomes the conclusions of the Joint Investigation Team on MH17. The President of Ukraine hopes that not only those whom the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] declared suspects today but all who are guilty of this brazen murder of innocent children, woman and men will be put in the dock," the presidential administration tweeted on Wednesday, June 19.
As UNIAN reported, Dutch Chief Prosecutor and Chairman of the Joint Investigation Team Fred Westerbeke said on June 19 that the trial of the suspects in the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing over Donbas in the summer of 2014 would begin on March 9, 2020. The first four suspects in the MH17 tragedy are Russian terrorist Igor Girkin (AKA "Strelkov"), who in the summer of 2014 was the so-called "Minister of Defense of the Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR"); Russian General Sergei Dubinsky (nom de guerre "Khmuryi"), who led the "DPR intelligence;" Oleg Pulatov (nom de guerre "Gyurza"), who in 2014 headed of "the 2nd division of the GRU of the DPR;" as well as Leonid Kharchenko (nom de guerre "Krot"), who was the leader of the "reconnaissance battalion" of Russia-led forces.