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Sep 28 - MH17 Investigators: Missile That Hit Jet Was Brought From Russia


 


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Sep 28 - MH17 Investigators: Missile That Hit Jet Was Brought From Russia
 

 

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The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was fired from a Russian launcher in an area of Ukraine controlled by pro-Moscow rebels, a Dutch-led team of investigators and prosecutors concluded Wednesday.

The surface-to-air missile hit the Boeing 777 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur k*lling 298 people in July 2014, breaking it apart in midair and scattering wreckage over several miles of fields.

At the time of the disaster, pro-Russian separatists were f*ghting Ukrainian government forces in the area.

Witness and social media evidence, along with intercepted communications, allowed investigators to track the Cold War-era Buk launcher being moved from Russia to rebel-held territory in Ukraine then back across the border after the disaster, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said: "It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation."

The findings refute Moscow's suggestion that the plane was brought down by the Ukrainian military. On Monday, Russia said it had new data showing the missile did not originate from rebel-controlled territory and said it would turn the data over to investigators.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the JIT report "comes complete with a vast number of speculations, unqualified, unprofessional information," according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti. "If it was a missile, it could only have been launched from a different territory. I'm not saying whose it's up to the experts."

Gallery: Malaysia Airlines Wreckage Litters Ukrainian Landscape

Eduard Basurin, a defense spokesman for the separatist self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, told Interfax: "We did not have these air defense systems at our disposal neither the systems, not the specialists [to operate it]. So we couldn't have shot down the Boeing."

Investigators also ruled out the possibility that MH17 was downed by another aircraft or by some kind of accident, but were unable to conclude whether the missile was fired at the passenger jet accidentally or deliberately.

Thomas Schansman, father of the only U.S. citizen k*lled in the July 2014 disaster, told The a*sociated Press he expected investigators to identify the weapon involved and where it was fired from, but not to name the people they believe were responsible.

Barry Sweeney, whose son Liam was among the dead, told the BBC: "It shouldn't have happened. To find out why it happened would be a bonus."

The downing played a significant part in a decision by the European Union and United States to impose sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, and East-West tensions escalated to levels not seen since the Cold War ended in 1990.

Ukrainian and Western officials, citing intelligence intercepts, have blamed pro-Russian rebels for the incident. Russia has always denied direct involvement in the Ukraine conflict and rejects responsibility for the destruction of MH17.

Russia-made Buk warheads, first built in the 1970s, are capable of shooting down aircraft up to 18 miles away. But the radar system that guides the missiles is designed for war zones, and is not capable of distinguishing between military and civilian planes.

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A civil air accident investigation into the cause of the July 17, 2014 disaster by the Dutch Safety Board concluded last year that H17 was downed by a BUK missile that exploded less than one yard from the aircraft's c*ckpit.

Hundreds of "high-energy" fragments pierced the fuselage, and the shrapnel instantly k*lled the two pilots and one crew member inside, it concluded. There was no time to make a mayday call or attempt to maneuver, the report noted.

"It was not possible to ascertain at which moment the occupants died," it added. "The impact on the ground was not survivable.

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Investigation was fabricated.. fu*k the Dutch

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