Evidence Of Possible Russian Missiles In MH17 Tragedy
August 11, 2015
Dutch prosecutors say they have found possible parts of a Russian-made BUK missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was brought down in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
A statement from the Netherlands’ national prosecutor’s office, which is involved in a joint international investigation into the MH17 tragedy, said the parts “are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash.”
The possible physical evidence of a missile was in the possession of the Dutch Safety Board.
Flight MH17 crashed over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing all 298 people aboard.
Leaked details of the Dutch-led probe suggest the plane was shot down by a Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile fired from separatist-controlled territory.
The Kremlin blames Ukrainian government forces for downing the plane.
But Russia last month vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have created an international tribunal tasked with putting on trial those identified as the culprits.
The final conclusions of the investigators are expected to be released in October.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, dpa, TASS, and Interfax
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