On Friday, July 17, six years have passed since the tragic crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit by a rocket fired from pro-Kremlin-controlled territory.

All 298 people on board were killed, most of them Dutch nationals.

An international commission of inquiry led by the Netherlands has concluded that the Buk missile, which fired the plane, was delivered to Ukraine from Russia.

In March, a lawsuit was filed in the Netherlands for the plane crash. It is trialing four suspects linked to pro-Kremlin militants – three Russian and one Ukrainian.

Moscow denies its involvement in the disaster, but criticizes the lawsuit as “politically motivated”.

The Netherlands a week ago announcedthat it will take Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over its role in the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane.

CONTEXT:

The Malaysian passenger aircraft Boeing was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2014 when hit In the east of Ukraine, over the territory controlled by Moscow-backed separatist militants. All 298 people on board were killed, most of them Dutch.

An international team of investigators has concluded that the particular rocket BUK In the east of Ukraine came from the Russian military base in Kursk, located near the border.

Investigators have identified four suspects. These are Russian citizens Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov, as well as Ukrainian citizen Leonid Harchenko. The lawsuit began in the Netherlands in March this year without their presence.

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