Four men have been charged with murder for the downing of Flight MH17, a tragedy that killed 298 people.

Their trial is due to take place next March in the Netherlands, families of the victims said on Wednesday.

The names of the four suspects are Igor Girkin, Sergey Duninskiy, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko.

Girkin, Duninskiy and Pulatov are Russian nationals while Kharchenko is Ukrainian.

Together they linked the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic with the Russian federation, investigators said today.

Flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board.

Investigators blame Russian-backed separatists who they say targeted the plane with a Russian-made missile.