Families of the passengers of the Malaysia Airlines airplane shot down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 are suing Russia and its president, according to Australian media.
Thirty-three relatives from Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia have filed a lawsuit against Vladimir Putin and his country over the crash that killed 298 people in 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Saturday. The claim was filed by Sydney law firm LHD Lawyers in the European Court of Human Rights, an international court based in France. The claimants demand $10 million in Australian dollars, or $7.2 million in U.S. dollars or 6.4 million euros, for each victim.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was struck by a surface-to-air missile in July 2014, at the height of fighting in the Ukraine conflict. A Dutch investigation found the aircraft was shot down by a Russian-made rocket, but did not say who fired it. Ukraine and Western nations say Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine are responsible, but Russia accuses Ukrainian forces.
Of the victims, 193 were Dutch, 43 were Malaysian, and 27 were Australian. The remainder were citizens of Belgium, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.