Australia launches legal action against Russia over MH17

Australia has launched legal action against Russia over the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukrainian airspace eight years ago, an attack that left 298 people dead.

The legal move is a sharp escalation that confronts the Russian state, rather than individual perpetrators, over the deaths.

The move joins Australia and the Netherlands in formal proceedings against the Russian Federation in the International Civil Aviation Organisation in a bid to force a negotiation over compensation payments to the families of the victims.

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