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Investigators To Name Four 'Top' Suspects In MH17 Downing: Report

Criminal proceedings are expected to be launched on Wednesday against four people suspected of being responsible for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

All 298 on board the doomed flight were killed when the passenger jet was shot out of the sky over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

MH17, which was on route to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from Amsterdam, was carrying at least 38 Australians when it was shot down on 17 July 2014.

West Australian children Mo, Evie and Otis were killed when MH17 was shot down in 2014. IMAGE: Supplied

A joint investigation launched by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine found the plane had been shot down by a Russian missile.

Now, nearly five years on from the incident, a Dutch-led team is set to reveal the names of those they believe responsible for the plane's downing, according to local Dutch media.

Investigators at the MH17 crash site. IMAGE: Reuters

Many of the victims' families are expected to be present for the announcement before the team's findings are revealed to media.

An Interfax Ukraine report on Tuesday quoted Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Olena Zerkal in an interview as saying prosecutors would name four “top” suspects.

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With Reuters.