Rus­sian Buk mis­sile did bring down Flight MH17

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THE Dutch Safety Board has iden­ti­fied the area from which it claims the mis­sile that downed Malaysia Air­lines Flight MH17 was launched.

Though it de­clined to com­ment fur­ther on the ex­act launch site, all the ter­ri­tory within a 320km square area it iden­ti­fied was in rebel hands at the time of the July 2014 in­ci­dent.

Rus­sia has con­tended that if the plane was brought down by a mis­sile, it must have been launched by Ukrainian forces.

The Dutch Safety Board re­port said the Buk mis­sile’s im­pact was in­stantly fa­tal only to the three crew mem­bers in the cock­pit of the plane.

The rest of the crew and pas­sen­gers died due to de­com­pres­sion, re­duced oxy­gen lev­els, ex­treme cold, pow­er­ful air­flow and fly­ing ob­jects.

It added: “It can­not be ruled out that some oc­cu­pants re­mained con­scious dur­ing the 60 to 90 sec­onds be­fore the plane crashed.”

The board said it is likely that those who died “were barely able to com­pre­hend the sit­u­a­tion in which they found them­selves.”

One pas­sen­ger was found wear­ing an oxy­gen mask, but it was “un­clear how it got there”, the board said.

Mean­while, Dutch Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte ( above) has called on Rus­sia to fully co­op­er­ate with the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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