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The case of MH17 on the merits will not commence before 2021

The proceedings of the crash Malaysian Boeing (flight MH17) in Eastern Ukraine will essentially begin no earlier than 2021, said the Prosecutor's office of the Netherlands.

"The trial of MH17 will continue on 31 August 2020.... It is expected that hearings will not begin until 2021," reads the message published on the website of the Prosecutor's office.

It is noted that Dedi Voi-A-Tsoi, acting state Prosecutor at the trial of MH17, August 1 will begin work in district Prosecutor's office of Rotterdam, and its place at the hearings on the crash will take Manon Ridderbos, which, as the Prosecutor emphasized, "actively participated in the investigation on the MH17 in 2014 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience."

The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 has begun in the Netherlands March 9, 2020. On it are four defendants - Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatova on the court represents an international group consisting of two Dutch and one Russian lawyer. The other suspects tried in absentia. A court in the Netherlands has caused the suspects in the case of the crash of flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine for the next block of hearings, which will begin August 31.

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 is conducting an investigation into the crash, 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 Russian Deputy Prosecutor General 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.

Also, the Russian side has repeatedly raised the question of the responsibility of Kyiv closed the sky over Eastern Ukraine. So, in an interview with RIA Novosti Director of First European Department of the MFA of Russia Alexei Paramonov said that the SSG has not conducted a real investigation of the role of Ukraine in this tragedy in connection with the Ukrainian authorities closed the airspace for flights of civil aircraft over the conflict zone.

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.