Mother of MH17 Victim Suing Ukrainian Authorities

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December 1, 2014

The mother of a German woman who died in the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash has filed a lawsuit against Ukraine, claiming the country should have shut down airspace over the country in lieu of ongoing fighting with pro-Russian separatists. MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17. All of the 298 people aboard the flight were killed, including four German citizens.

According to Reuters, "Olga L." is seeking $1 million in compensation from Ukrainian authorities for manslaughter and negligence. Her legal team claims that despite the dangers posed to air travelers, Ukraine kept air space open because they wanted to profit from transit flight fees paid to the country. At the time of the crash, 700 flights per day would net Ukraine several million dollars a month in fees.

So far, European governments have not assigned blame for the crash. Evidence points to pro-Russian separatists being responsible for the shootdown and subsequent crash.

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