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    The MH17 criminal trial that started on Monday at the Schiphol Judicial Complex in Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands seeks to prosecute three Russians and one Ukrainian national in absentia for their alleged involvement in the July 2014 crash of the MH17 Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine.

    The second day of the criminal trial over the 2014 MH17 crash in Ukraine is underway this Tuesday in the Netherlands.

    The Boeing plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on 17 July 2014, in Ukraine's Donbass region, leaving no survivors. Kiev and the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass have blamed each other for the incident.

    The crash is being investigated by the Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT), which operates without the participation of Moscow. The JIT claims that the aircraft was downed by a Buk missile launched by Russian armed forces.

    Russia has rejected the claim as baseless, and argued that the missile belonged to Ukrainian troops. President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia would not accept JIT's findings unless it was fully involved in the process.

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      "New witnesses may appear ... If the statement is appropriate and the safety of the witness allows, this may be the reason for adding testimony to the file of the case. Then it will be assessed whether this witness needs to be heard or not," Berger said.

      He added that prosecutors have almost completed their investigation and that any additions to the case file would be added before the commencement of the pre-trial review hearing in June.

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      "I will not comment on this. As you know, our stance on the work of the prosecution and the investigative team is well-known. We had no opportunity to participate in that work, [and] we treat it accordingly. We are not commenting on the trial at this time," Peskov told journalists, when asked to comment on the statement by the Dutch prosecution that the investigation has concluded the plane was shot down by a Russian Buk missile.

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