Four men have been charged by Dutch authorities over the downing of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH17 which killed all 289 people onboard

The flight, which had been travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was brought down over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 with Russian separatists being blamed for the incident. Although, the Russian government has always denied these claims.

Investigators have now formally charged four individuals with murder – Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, who are all Russian, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. International arrest warrants have been issued for all four men.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said the four men named were believed to have been responsible for transporting the Buk missile which was used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777.

A court case is scheduled to start in the Netherlands in March next year.

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