March 9, 2020 / 9:13 AM / 19 days ago

Trial of suspects in 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 opens

FILE PHOTO: A protest sign stands in front of a row of chairs as family members of victims of the MH17 crash lined up empty chairs for each seat on the plane during a protest outside the Russian Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands March 8, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The trial opened in the Netherlands on Monday of three Russians and a Ukrainian over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014.

The defendants, who are still at large, face charges of murder, obtaining a missile launcher and shooting down the jetliner as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch, Stephanie van den Berg and Toby Sterling; Editing by Alison Williams

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