A grieving mother, whose son was killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, has called for Vladimir Putin to be brought to justice for the crime.
Three men – two Russians and one Ukrainian – were sentenced to jail for life on Thursday (November 17) after a Dutch court ruled they were guilty of the murder of the 298 crew and passengers onboard the Malaysia Airlines plane in 2014.
But Silene Fredriksz, the mother of 23-year-old victim Bryce, reckons responsibility for his death and those of everyone on the flight reaches all the way to the top of Russia’s chain of command.
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She told the BBC: "Putin has never been stopped, and still has not been stopped. And he will not stop until he is stopped."
The still grief-stricken parent added that she hopes "the world wakes up now".
Her viewpoint was shared by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who declared: "Holding to account masterminds is crucial too, as the feeling of impunity leads to new crimes."
Advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs, Anton Gerashchenko, went further when he argued: "The main culprit is Putin. His trial and sentence await him."
The trial verdict came more than eight years after the aircraft was shot out of the sky on July 17, 2014, as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
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One man was acquitted over the incident with Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Leonid Kharchenko being found guilty and Oleg Pulatov being found to bear no criminal responsibility.
The three guilty men are also now jointly liable for a total of €16million in compensation to the relatives of the victims.
However, since Russian law forbids the extradition of their nationals, it is unlikely they will ever face time behind bars.
The plane came crashing down after it was struck by a missile launched from an agriculture field in Pervomaiskiy, eastern Ukraine, the court also determined.
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