The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said it would issue national and international arrest warrants on Wednesday for the four suspects. Three Russians, Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinski and Oleg Pulatov, were named alongside the Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. GRU and Pulatov were former soldiers of the Russian Special Forces, Spetsnaz-GRU
The Ukrainian Kharchenko had no military background but is believed to have fought a military unit in Donetsk in July 2014
Investigators said they would not want suspects be extradited because the Russian and Ukrainian constitutions prohibit the extradition of citizens.
They added that they would ask Russia to cooperate with the investigation, and both sides would question suspects about the charges. are accused of "causing the MH1
Flight MH17 was fired from the sky over the territory detained by the pro-Russian separatists while flying from Amsterdam to the capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur in July 2014. 298 people died from 17 countries.
According to Westerbeck, suspects are not accused of launching the rocket but are "as punishable as the person who committed the crime," said Westerbeck.
Their trial will take place on March 9, 2020 at the Schiphol Jurisdiction Center in Bad Schweiz, the investigators announced, adding that the accused would be tried in absentia if necessary.
According to JIT – which consists of five countries: Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – MH17 was overthrown by Buk.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said there was "nothing to discuss" in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday before the press conference.
"You know our attitude to this investigation, and Russia has not been able to take part in it (JITs)." Although from the outset, since the early days of this tragedy, Russia has shown an initiative, actively trying to become part of this investigation this terrible disaster, "added Peskov.
Thomas Etzler, Nathan Hodge and Duarte Mendonka contributed to CNN reporting