Dutch prosecutors release report two years after Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over east Ukraine
Dutch prosecutors investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said the system used to shoot down the plane over Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board, originated in Russia.
Officials said Wednesday there was “no doubt” that the sophisticated Buk missile was fired from eastern Ukraine, an area controlled at the time by pro-Russian separatists. The vehicle used to fire the missile returned to Russia after the incident, investigators said.
Dutch prosecutor Fred Westerbeke, who is in charge of the international investigation, said he was “fully confident” that if more progress were made, those responsible for launching the missile could be brought to trial. Investigators said they had identified about 100 people potentially responsible for downing the plane or transporting the missile.
The criminal probe based its conclusions on intercepted communications and other evidence, including photos of the missile launcher. It said no other planes were in the vicinity, ruling out the possibility that a military plane had shot down the airliner.Read the rest of the story HERE and follow a link to a related story below:
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