Probe: Mis­sile launcher from Rus­sia downed Malaysian jet

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

An in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal probe con­cluded that a mis­sile which de­stroyed a Malaysian pas­sen­ger jet over Ukraine in 2014 and killed all 298 peo­ple aboard was fired from rebel-con­trolled ter­ri­tory by a mo­bile launcher trucked in from Rus­sia and hastily re­turned there.

The re­port, re­leased Wednes­day, was “solid proof” of a Rus­sian role in the down­ing of Malaysia Air­lines Flight 17, Ukraine’s pres­i­dent said. But Moscow im­me­di­ately de­nounced the find­ings of the Dutch-led in­quiry as “bi­ased and po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied 100 peo­ple they want to speak to who are be­lieved to have been in­volved in trans­port­ing the Buk mis­sile launcher or its use, chief pros­e­cu­tor Fred Wester­beke said.

The Boe­ing 777, fly­ing from Am­s­ter­dam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was blown out of the sky on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fight­ing be­tween Rus­sia-backed sep­a­ratists and Ukrainian troops.

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