Russia brings Ukraine to human rights tribunal

Russia brings a series of allegations against Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Moscow is making allegations against Kiev for shooting down the MH17 airliner over eastern Ukraine seven years ago, according to a statement released Thursday by the Russian prosecution.

Russia also blames the Ukrainian army for the deaths of civilians during the 2014 pro-European protests and the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. “The hostilities of the Ukrainian armed forces pose a real threat to the life and health of Russian citizens living in the border regions,” said the Russian prosecutor’s office. Thousands of Ukrainians have fled to Russia because of the fighting.

Moscow has also blamed Kiev for the death of 298 occupants of the Malaysia Airlines airliner which was shot down on July 17, 2014 over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. 196 Dutch, 38 Australians and four Germans were among the victims. In its complaint to the ECHR, Russia accuses the Kiev government of not having blocked the airspace over eastern Ukraine despite the fighting.

An international team of investigators concluded in May 2018 that the machine was shot down by a BUK missile from an anti-aircraft brigade in Kursk, Russia. The Netherlands and Australia then blamed Russia for the crash of the machine and the death of the 298 occupants. Moscow has denied any involvement.

War has raged in eastern Ukraine since 2014. In the conflict, Russia supports pro-Russian rebels who proclaimed the so-called People’s Republics in Lugansk and Donetsk. More than 13,000 people have already been killed in the conflict.

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