Former defense minister of the self-proclaimed DNR to pay 20 million to each of them
Novaya Gazeta has reported that the US court ruled in favor of the 18 relatives of the MH-17 crash which occurred over the Donetsk region in 2014.
Igor Strelkov (Girkin), the former Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) was found guilty and has to pay USD 20 million to each of the MH-17 victims’ relatives.
Strelkov has already stated that he does not recognize the ruling and does not intend to pay: “If I am made to pay somehow I will have to live another thousand years,” he said, obviously meaning that his assets are insufficient.
Malaysian Airlines Boeing MH-17 heading to Kuala-Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed over the Donetsk region on 17 July 2014. An international investigation was done which later concluded that it was hit by a Russian Buk anti-aircraft missile. However, the Russian authorities refuses to accept responsibility. The investigation which was conducted by the Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine, Malaysia and Australia is expected to end soon, and an international tribunal is due to begin.