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 "This is our only hope right now," - MH17 victim's mother outside ICJ. PHOTO

Relatives of the victims of Malaysia MH17 plane crash came to a hearing in the case between Ukraine and Russia at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

BBC correspondent Anna Holligan wrote on Twitter, Censor.NET reports.

"Mother of MH17 victim outside ICJ: 'This is our only hope right now'," the journalist said.

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over the Donetsk region July 17, 2014. 298 people died in the crash. The passengers were citizens of 10 countries. The majority of victims (196) were Dutch nationals.

Censor.NET has repeatedly reported on the results of the probe into the downing of the aircraft, including the publication of exclusive photos of a hangar containing the remnants of the plane and the striking elements of Russia's Buk-M1-2 missile found at the catastrophe site. The Buk-M1-2 anti-aircraft system was developed in 1997 and put into service with the Russian army the following year. It has been never supplied to Ukraine. Independent experts from Germany, England and Poland also concluded the found elements belonged to a Russian Buk missile. A modern chemical examination established the elements had parts of the glass and skin of the downed Boeing on them.

On Sept. 28, 2016, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) came up with a report on the first official results of the probe into the MH17 tragedy.

The experts said the plane was shot down by a Buk missile launched from a separatist-controlled area. According to the investigators, the launcher arrived from Russia, while some 100 people were involved in its transportation and operation.

Russia's Foreign Ministry characterized the JIT's conclusions as biased.

See more: Volunteers reveal another important witness in MH17 downing case - war criminal Andrey Pinchuk. PHOTOS

On Jan. 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice to hold Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its illegal aggression against Ukraine. The lawsuit is based on the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

The hearing is scheduled to take place from March 6 to 9 inclusively. Ukraine presented its position on March 6, Russia - on March 7. On March 8-9, both sides will present their objections to each other's positions.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated: "Ukraine will be presenting evidence of Russia's crimes at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The truth is stronger than weapons!" One day into the hearing, Poroshenko noted: "We expect rulings that will cut the supply of weapons to the occupied territory and stop reprisals the ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars are facing."

According to Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's main goal in The Hague is to protect the life and rights of the Ukrainians. Ukraine had held some 40 meetings with the Russian Federation before filing a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice.

The full text of the lawsuit is published on ICJ's official website.
   
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