MH17 investigators: plane downed by Russian military unit

Dutch prosecutors, who are investigating the tragic crash of the Malaysian passenger plane that fell down in eastern Ukraine in 2014 taking the lives of 298 people, have stated that it has been downed by a missile released by a unit of the Russian Armed Forces.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that Wilbert Paulissen, head of the crime squad of the Netherlands’ national police, stated on Thursday, May 24, that the missile was fired from Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade.

Pointing to the evidence that have lead the prosecutors to such a conclusion, Paulissen told at a televised news conference: «All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces».

The government of Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the tragic event, which stopped the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, while the airliner Boeing 777-200ER flew over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

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