Netherlands: MH17 victims' families hold protest in The Hague ahead of criminal trial

Relatives of those that were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 staged a silent protest in the Hague on Sunday. Footage shows relatives of the people who were killed on board of the MH17 flight setting up 298 chairs, each chair representing one of the passengers, in front of the Russian embassy in a silent protest to demand justice a day before... Еще the landmark criminal trial begins in the Netherlands. Protesters held banners and pictures of their killed relatives as they demanded justice for their deaths. «The JIT (Joint Investigation Team) has a lot of proofs, we know that and to us is very important to know what happened, why and who was responsible. I think we deserve to know the truth for the children and for ourselves.» Explained Silene, a mother of one of the MH17 passengers who was killed. The charges stem from a Dutch-led international investigation which has concluded that the plane was shot down by a Russian-made missile, reportedly on the basis of communications intercepts provided by Ukrainian intelligence services. International arrest warrants have been issued for the three accused Russian military officers, Oleg Pulatov, Igor Girkin, and Sergey Dubinskiy, as well as for Ukrainian national Leonid Kharchenko. Girkin was serving as Minister of Defence of the Donetsk People's Republic at the time with the other three men all working under him. Russia has denied all accusations that it was involved in the crash, which resulted in the deaths of all 298 people on board, and has stated that while the Buk missile used to down the Boeing 777 was manufactured in Moscow in 1986, it was subsequently delivered to the Ukrainian Army and never returned. In a written statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MFA) dismissed the JIT's charges on alleged involvement of Russian servicemen in the MH17 crash and said the investigation was based on unfounded accusations and not facts. Moscow also voiced concern over JIT's bias, based solely on what it claimed was forged evidence by Ukraine. Russia pledged its own resources to find the truth about the MH17 downing.

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