Charges Laid Against Four Men Over MH17 Tragedy
The plane was downed in July, 2014.
Three Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged over the MH17 tragedy but Australian investigators say it's just the beginning of the effort to bring those responsible to justice.
Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Crozier says the probe into who was responsible for shooting down the Mayalsian Airlines plane and killing all 298 people on board will continue until all possible suspects have been identified.
Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday charged Russians Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonie Kharachenko over the July 17, 2014, disaster in eastern Ukraine that left 38 Australians dead.
All four were officials in the pro-Russian Donetsk People's Republic and were allegedly responsible for the Buk missile launcher being brought into the area from Russia.
Former foreign minister Julie Bishop says grieving families will be relieved three Russians and a Ukranian have been charged over the MH17 tragedy, almost five years after the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down in a war zone.
There were 298 people killed, including 38 Australians, in July 2014 when their plane was downed as it flew over a part of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russia separatists.
"I welcome this progress in the investigation of the shooting down of MH17 with the naming of these four individuals to be prosecuted for their role in what was a despicable crime," Ms Bishop told ABC Radio National on Thursday.
And I think it will be a relief to the families who deserve answers as to how their loved ones died aboard that plane."
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