Three Russian citizens and one Ukrainian—in a Dutch court – Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
Bodies rained down from the sky on July 17th 2014, landing in the sunflower fields of eastern Ukraine. Limbs littered the gardens in the village of Grabovo, and travel books lay along the roads.
Dutch prosecutors say three Russian nationals and a Ukrainian will be tried on murder charges for their alleged roles in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, which killed all 298 people on board.
In announcing the first criminal charges in the air disaster, members from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) told a news conference that evidence showed a direct line of military command between Ukrainian separatists and Russia.
Eurovision 2019 winner, Duncan Laurence, has given his thoughts on what the United Kingdom can do to improve at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Duncan Laurence, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, has spoken to the BBC, about how the UK could improve its results at the contest.
The singer who won last nights contest with the song “Arcade” told the BBC that:
I think the UK does well, but I think the UK could up a bit with the entry because you have a lot of amazing songwriters, a lot of amazing artists unknown or relatively unknown, send them, send them.
A few years ago, Maarten van Dijk went jogging by an old windmill near his home in Abcoude (Utrecht, Netherlands) and was intrigued by the half-abandoned building.
Before long, he had become caretaker of the historic structure (under a leasing agreement with a foundation that owns 23 mills in the area), taking classes to learn to operate it and renovating the home that fills its base.
Beginning in the early 1500s the Dutch built windmills to help shape their country- to pump water out of areas below sea level- and while Van Dijk’s mill is no longer used for land drainage (it was replaced by more modern technology in the 1950s), it is still operational. With his formal training, Van Dijk can “run the mill” – adding sails to the wooden structure to catch the wind.
He is part of a long Dutch tradition of apprentices who learn the trade with first-hand experience and who help to push the technology forward.
On the second Saturday in May, the Dutch celebrate an iconic national structure – the windmill – like these historic ones at Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam. With hundreds of windmills across the country, many sites use the day to demonstrate how windmills work and host art exhibits. But the concept of using wind power isn’t just a historical anecdote – this renewable energy is experiencing a boom, and by 2050 is predicted to provide one-third of the world’s electricity.