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Russia has submitted a witness statement in the case of MH17

Russia presented several witnesses in the case of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, they were taken into account in the investigation, said the Dutch Prosecutor Dedi Voi-A-Tsoi at the meeting on Monday.

Hearings on the case of MH17 resumed in the judicial complex Schiphol in the Netherlands on Monday. The meeting continued without the four suspects - Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatova and Leonid Kharchenko. The court was attended by two Dutch lawyers Pulatova.

"From the very beginning of the investigation it was clear that a sweep would be extremely difficult because of the situation in the East of Ukraine. However, a Joint investigation group (SSG) went to great lengths to find witnesses, and it gave good results," - said the Prosecutor.

According to her, the first method of finding witnesses going through the Ukrainian authorities. So, several witnesses contacted the security Service of Ukraine. Furthermore, as the witnesses were heard, the people who were arrested SBU.

"The second way is to help other countries. Several countries were interviewed for possible information for research... for Example, the Russian Federation had submitted some testimony. All these statements from other countries were included in the investigation and, if necessary - in the dossier," said the Prosecutor.

The third way is to call witnesses. The Prosecutor's office makes an announcement asking people who were near the crash site during the incident, to testify. This information was distributed at press conferences, on websites, in social networks.

As stressed by Dedi Voi-A-Tsoi, thanks to the work done, managed to get tens of testimony.

"Among the witnesses in the dossier civilians from Ukraine and Russia, those who fought on the side of the DNI, the Ukrainian military, air traffic controllers, journalists, critics of the investigation SSG and military experts," she added.

The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 began March 9, 2020. The case involves four defendants - Russians Girkin, Dubinsky, Pulatov and Ukrainian Kharchenko. Pulatova on the court represents an international group consisting of two Dutch and one Russian lawyer. The other suspects tried in absentia.

Malaysian Boeing flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight MH17, crashed on July 17, 2014 under Donetsk. On Board were 298 people, they all died. Kiev has blamed the disaster militias, those announced that did not have the means that would shoot down aircraft at this altitude.

A joint investigation group (SSG) under the leadership of the Prosecutor General of the Netherlands without the participation of Russia are investigating the circumstances of the crash, had earlier presented the interim results. The investigation claims that Boeing was shot down by anti-aircraft missile complex "Buk", belonging to the 53rd antiaircraft missile brigade of the armed forces of the Kursk.

As stated by RIA Novosti Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Nikolai Vinnichenko, the Russian side handed over to the Netherlands not only the data of the Russian radars, but also documentation showing that the missile SAM "Buk" that struck the Boeing belonged to Ukraine, and she was fired from the territory controlled by Kiev, but this information, the investigators ignored. In the first hearing, the prosecution acknowledged that it has received and is studying the data of the Russian Prosecutor's office.

The Russian foreign Ministry said that the accusations of SSG in the Russian involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing unfounded and regrettable, the investigation is biased and one-sided. President Vladimir Putin noted that Russia does not allow for the investigation of the crash of the airliner in Eastern Ukraine, and Moscow may recognize the results of the investigation, if it is to be meaningful. All rocket motor which showed the Dutch Commission for the investigation of the crash MH17, was disposed of after 2011, said the Ministry of defense of Russia. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly stated that Moscow categorically rejects allegations of involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing.