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MH17 verdict – Three men sentenced to life for downing the passenger flight



A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murder after they shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

MH17 VERDICT – A Dutch court has found three men guilty of murder after they shot down the passenger jet travelling over eastern Ukraine, in 2014.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came crashing down in the Donbas region, killing all 298 people on board.

The MH17 verdict means the three men will now face life behind bars.

They identify as former Russian intelligence agents Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinskiy.

While, it also includes Ukrainian separatist leader Leonid Kharchenko.

One other man has been acquitted, despite knowing about the plot.

The missile attack remains one of the most notorious war crimes to happen in Ukraine, occurring eight years before the deadly war began.

FILE PHOTO: Flowers and mementos left by local residents at the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are seen near the settlement of Rozspyne in the Donetsk region. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev/Files

Many of the victims’ relatives believe the world should have reacted differently, back in 2014.

They insist if world took a tougher stance against Russia back then, it would be in a better place now.

Victims of MH17 attack

Watershed moment for the world

It was a little over eight years ago when Flight MH 17 crashed in Ukraine at the time it was a watershed moment for the world.

This was a war crime in the Donbass region before similar atrocities became an almost daily occurrence there.

However, now we are able to close the chapter of MH17 just a little bit more.

The court found that a Russian made missile supplied by Russia and fired by an armed group under Russian control brought down a flight MH17.

The men did try to counter that they had intended to shoot down a military aircraft, not a commercial airliner.

However, the judges said firing any kind of missile deliberately showed enough wrongdoing to be convicted.

Speaking after many of the victims families expressed relief at this conclusion.

It’s been more than two years of a trial. But there is a long standing feeling of anger.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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