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Suspect in MH17 shoot-down case arrested in Ukraine

Moscow: One of the four suspects charged with the murder of nearly 300 people on board a flight shot down over Ukraine has been arrested by separatist rebels, it was reported on Thursday.

The BBC Russian Service quoted unnamed sources saying that Leonid Kharchenko had been arrested by separatists in eastern Ukraine in March on suspicion of possessing illegal weapons and conducting an illegal raid.

MH17 shooting suspect 
Leonid Kharchenko.

MH17 shooting suspect Leonid Kharchenko.Credit:JIT

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down on July 17, 2014, over rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board, including 38 Australian citizens and residents. Russia has stubbornly denied any role in propping up the rebels.

A Dutch-led joint investigative team found that the Russian military had deployed the Buk launcher in eastern Ukraine that shot down the plane, a claim the Kremlin has denied.

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