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    Dutch court convicts two Russians, one Ukrainian for MH17 downing, acquits one

    Three men have been convicted by a Dutch court on Thursday (November 17) for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. One was acquitted for the incident that killed all 298 people onboard.


    The passenger airliner crashed and burned in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. In the same year, it was a second shock for Malaysian Airlines as on March 8, flight 370 disappeared.


    The flight MH17 crashed with a crew of 15 and 283 passengers, who represented at least 10 nationalities, including 193 Netherlanders.

    A Dutch inquiry determined that a surface-to-air missile had shot down the aircraft. The Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was hit over separatist-held eastern Ukraine by what investigators say was a missile supplied by Moscow.


    Now, the court found Russians Igor Girkin and Sergei Dubinsky and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko "guilty" of murder and intentionally causing an aircraft to crash. Meanwhile, head judge Hendrik Steenhuis said that Russian Oleg Pulatov was not guilty.


    Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the "important" court ruling. Zelensky wrote on Twitter: "An important court decision in The Hague. The first sentences for the perpetrators of the downing of MH17. Holding the instigators to account is crucial too because a sense of impunity leads to new crimes."

    Dutch court convicts two Russians, one Ukrainian for MH17 downing, acquits one - World News

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    It is important to the families. This woman lost her son:

    "It was heartbreaking for us," Silene says. She is convinced the current conflict could have been avoided had the world taken a harder line in 2014.


    "Putin has never been stopped, and still has not been stopped. And he will not stop until he is stopped," Silene said. I hope the world wakes up now, because we knew it already eight years ago."

    MH17: Three guilty as court finds Russia-controlled group downed airliner - BBC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    And now? Nothing.
    I think it's an important acknowledgement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    I think it's an important acknowledgement.
    It is, of course . . . it must be a bitter pill to swallow knowing someone is guilty but not being able to get at him

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    Also true

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