Mis­sile which downed MH17 from Rus­sia

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE mis­sile that downed Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was trans­ported from Rus­sia, a crim­i­nal in­quiry re­vealed yes­ter­day, adding that more than 100 peo­ple were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the 2014 dis­as­ter.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors also con­firmed that the mis­sile which slammed into the Malaysia Air­lines plane was fired from a field in a part of eastern Ukraine un­der the con­trol of pro-Rus­sia sep­a­ratists at the time.

But the Dutch-led in­ves­ti­ga­tion did not di­rectly ac­cuse Moscow of sup­ply­ing the BUK mis­sile and its trans­porter sys­tem – and the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment has re­peat­edly de­nied any in­volve­ment.

The Malaysia Air­lines pas­sen­ger jet was blown from the skies in July 2014 dur­ing a flight from Am­s­ter­dam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 peo­ple on board in­clud­ing 196 Dutch ci­ti­zens.

“Based on the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we have con­cluded that flight MH17 … was downed by a BUK mis­sile of the se­ries 9M38, that came from the ter­ri­tory of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion,” said Wil­bert Paulis­sen, the head of the Dutch po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Af­ter­ward the mis­sile launcher sys­tem “was taken back to Rus­sia”, he added.

Us­ing pho­tos, videos, wit­ness state­ments and tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­traced the route taken by the con­voy which brought the mis­sile sys­tem into eastern Ukraine.

But to the frus­tra­tion of rel­a­tives, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors did not name any sus­pects at their brief­ing in the cen­tral town of Nieuwegein, near Utrecht.

The BUK was fired from a field in Per­vo­maiskyi which at the time “was in the hands of the Rus­sian sep­a­ratists”, said Paulis­sen. –

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