Dutch court rules Russian missile downed 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight, killing 298 on board

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A Dutch court on Thursday determined that a Russian missile was responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 over eastern Ukraine that killed nearly 300 people.

“The court is of the opinion that MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile fired from an agricultural field near Pervomaisk, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members,” said President Hendrik Steenhuis, according to Reuters.

People stand next to the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed near the Ukrainian city of Shaktarsk in eastern Ukraine controlled by rebels, on July 17, 2014.

People stand next to the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed near the Ukrainian city of Shaktarsk in eastern Ukraine controlled by rebels, on July 17, 2014.
(Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

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The news that a flight traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014 was shot down while flying over eastern Ukraine immediately captured the world’s attention as tension in the east south of ‘Ukraine remained high following Russia’s invasion and subsequent seizure of Crimea earlier this year. .

Dutch judges are due to hand down a verdict on Thursday against three Russians and a Ukrainian suspected of firing the missile from an agricultural field in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

REIJEN, THE NETHERLANDS - MAY 26: Lawyers attend the judges' inspection of the reconstruction of the MH17 wreckage, as part of the murder trial before the start of a critical stage, on May 26 from 2021 in Reijen, the Netherlands.

REIJEN, THE NETHERLANDS – MAY 26: Lawyers attend the judges’ inspection of the reconstruction of the MH17 wreckage, as part of the murder trial before the start of a critical stage, on May 26 from 2021 in Reijen, the Netherlands.
(Photo by Piroschka van de Wouw – Pool/Getty Images)

Steenhuis also said the court believed Moscow was in control of the separatist region at the time of the attack.

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The judge said he would later rule on the guilt or innocence of the four people involved in the missile attack, as well as other legal issues.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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