MH17 crash: Key figure ‘of interest' to investigators is top Russian general, claims Bellingcat

The organisation named colonel general Andrey Burlaka of the FSB (federal security service) as “the highest-ranking Russian official identified as a person of interest in the criminal investigation into the downing of MH17”. On 17 July 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was hit by an anti-aircraft missile and crashed near the Ukrainian village of Hrabove. Citizens of Belgium, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Vietnam, the UK and the US also lost their lives. On 24 May 2018, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) announced that the Buk missile installation that brought down the flight belonged to the Russian army. Three Russians – Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Igor Girkin – and a Ukrainian, Leonid Kharchenko, are on trial in The Hague, charged with murder.