: European Court on Human Rights to hear MH17 case against Ukraine
Politics18:34 Aug. 8, 2016

European Court on Human Rights to hear MH17 case against Ukraine

Malaysian plane was downed over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board

The European Court of Human Rights begins hearing of a claim against Ukraine regarding the MH17 plane crash in Donbas in 2014, Russian newspaper Kommersant reports.

The lawsuit has been filed by four relatives of the passengers who had been killed in the crash.

Read also MH17 investigation expected to be completed by end of year – Malaysian Prime Minister

They accise Ukraine of not closing the airspace over the combat zone which resulted in the tragedy.

Read also Ukraine had no reason to close its airspace above 10,000 m before MH17 tragedy (infographic)

This is the second claim handed in to the European Court of human Rights relating to the MH17 tragedy. The first one was filed against Russia and its president Vladimir Putin.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in Donetsk region on July 17, 2014.

Criminal investigations are still ongoing but the Dutch Safety Board has determined the plane was targeted by a Russian-made warhead launched off a surface-to-air-missile system Buk by Russian-backed separatist forces.

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