Three charged over argentine death flights
The suspects and their supporters claimed responsibility for the incident.
The alleged culprits include two top commanders of pro-Russian separatists.
They are named as Antonov Antonchenko, a retired high-ranking police officer, and Alexander Makhloufev, a former deputy head of the Ukrainian military air force.
In a statement, the rebels called them “a terrorist organisation who should be arrested”.
Their lawyer, Andrei Parubiy, said they were innocent.
He also denied the separatists were responsible for firing the missile, which hit a civilian jet about 120 kilometres south-east of Donetsk, killing all 298 passengers and crew, including children.
“They want a war with Ukraine,” he said.
Mr Parubiy said the Ukrainian government had signed a cease-fire agreement that ended days of fighting near the town of Luhansk.
But he warned separatists could take their weapons and equipment outside Ukraine.
“Ukraine has always said there will be no armed conflicts with Ukraine. And the only problem with this was that there were no declar바카라ations of compliance when the Russian military entered the country,” he said.
But Mr Parubiy said there were no Russian citizens on the board of MH17.
He said separatists had used civilian plane as weapons.
An official with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the EU-Maidan and United Nations monitoring agency, which also released a video showing what it said was the shot down, said the separatists’ aircraft were in fact armed, with Buk surface-to-air missiles and 122mm rocket launchers.
The OSPEC said the pro-Russian rebels, who deny carrying out the shooting down, were “acting in a self-defence mission to secure separatist-controlled territory and to defend themselves against the international presence”.
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe warned the international community to take steps to provide support to Ukrainian security forces.
The MH17 flight, which originated in Kuala Lumpur, was headed to Amsterdam.
The Boeing 777 carrying 298 people had taken off from Amsterdam at 22:39 (03:39 GMT) from a airport on the outskirts of eastern Ukraine.
A civilian aircraft, identified as en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit just 1