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Pro-Kiev forces troubling MH17 probe: Putin

Iran Press TV

Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:22PM GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin says pro-Ukraine forces are bringing to a halt the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Pro-Ukrainians' constant shelling of the area controlled by pro-Russians in eastern Ukraine is troubling the investigation, Putin said in Beijing on Monday, speaking to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

On July 17, Flight MH17 was reportedly shot down over Ukraine's volatile Donetsk region, while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and all 298 passengers and crew on board were killed.

Ukraine's eastern regions have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations there in mid-April.

Pro-Russians "are not shooting, that is done by the various military groups fighting on the side of Ukraine's official authorities,' Putin said.

'The opposite side is constantly shelling this territory and that does not permit comprehensive working at the site of the crash,' said the Russian president, who was speaking to the Malaysian premier on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Moscow has blamed Ukrainian government forces for the attack that brought down the airliner.

Following the crash, Malaysia Airlines announced that Ukraine's traffic controllers had ordered the aircraft to decrease altitude by 500 meters (1,640 feet) to 10,058 meters (33,000 feet), while the Boeing-777 was supposed to fly at an altitude of 10,660 meters (35,000 feet).

Ukraine and the West have accused the pro-Russia forces of shooting down the plane with a surface-to-air missile. Pro-Russia forces deny the claim and say they do not have the military hardware or capability to do such a thing.

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