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The court in The Hague sentenced to life terms three of the four defendants in the case of the Boeing shot down in 2014 in eastern Ukraine

The District Court of The Hague found guilty in absentia three of the four defendants in the case of the Boeing MH17 shot down in eastern Ukraine in 2014 by a Buk anti-aircraft missile system, they were sentenced to life imprisonment. The defendants were found guilty of destruction of the aircraft and murder of passengers. This was reported by Novaya Gazeta.Europe, whose correspondent listens to the announcement of the decision in the press center.

Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed DPR Igor Strelkov (Girkin), retired GRU officer Sergey Dubinsky and a citizen of Ukraine, former commander DPR Leonid Kharchenko. Lieutenant Colonel of the Reserve Airborne Forces Oleg Pulatov was found not guilty.

None of the defendants appeared at the trial, all the defendants in the case are on the international wanted list. The Dutch prosecutor's office requested life sentences for them.

During the crash of flight MH17 of the Malaysian Boeing 777 in Donbass on July 17, 2014, 298 people were killed. An international team to investigate the crash claims that the plane was shot down from the Buk anti-aircraft system.

In particular, the leaders of the Donetsk separatists are charged with the fact that they received air defense equipment from the Russians and took them to the position. After the Buk allegedly shot down a Malaysian Boeing by mistake, they arranged for the Buk to be evacuated back to Russia.

1Article“The scale of the process is amazing.” CIT researcher Kirill Mikhaylov talks about the trial in the MH17 crash in Donbass

The defendants and Russia denied their involvement in the disaster. Their guilt was proved, among other things, with the help of records of telephone conversations intercepted by the SBU. In them, Strelkov asked the head of the Crimea, Aksenov, to provide them with air defense; Pulatov and Dubinsky talked on the same topic. In addition, after the crash, they talked on the phone about the evacuation of the Buk to Russia.

The position of Strelkov, Dubinsky and Kharchenko in this case is unknown, since they did not testify to the court. All defendants are on the international wanted list. At the same time, Pulatov's defense announced his version.

As CIT researcher Kirill Mikhailov told Mediazona, the position of the airborne reserve lieutenant colonel “is that there was disinformation [calculated on the Ukrainian military and the SBU] on the wiretaps and that he was not actually there, and that there was not a Buk” ;, and "Arrow 10" and so on”. In addition, Pulatov's defense insisted that Ukraine was to blame for the crash, as the civilian flight was allowed to fly over the conflict zone.

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