Dutch national police chief Wilbert Paulissen has named three Russians and one Ukrainian man as murder suspects – five years after the MH17 plane was shot down as it flew over Ukraine.
Investigators will issue arrest warrants for Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko, prosecutors said. A total of 298 people from 17 countries died on board when the plane crashed down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur as it passed the conflict-ridden country.
A court case has been scheduled to start in the Netherlands on 9 March 2020. Dubinskiy was employed by Russia’s military agency GRU and Pulatov was a former soldier of Russian special forces Spetsnaz-GRU and Girkin a former colonel of Russia’s Federal Security Services (FSB), according to investigators. Ukrainian Kharchenko had no military background but is believed to have led a combat unit in Dontesk in July 2014.