Russian hand behind downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17, say probe team
At the end of a painstaking investigation of two years, the team said the missile was manufactured in Russia
A Dutch team that investigated the mid-air blast of a Malaysia Airlines jet - MH17 in Ukraine has found conclusive proof that a Russian-made BUK missile hit the flight, killing all 298 passsengers on board in July 2014.
The team also found out that the BUK has been fired from a launcher from a Russian-backed area.
At the end of a painstaking investigation of two years, the team said the missile was manufactured in Russia and was fired from a pro-Russian controlled rebel area.
It is produced only by Russian manufacturer Almaz-Antey, say team.
The Russian firm has rejected the accusation then, saying it could be an older model, no longer in production.
As per Sky News, families of the victims were given “irrefutable proof” it was indeed a Russian missile. The Boeing 777, coming from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was tore into pieces when the missile hit the flight mid-air.
Russian-backed rebels were engaged in a civil war with Ukrainian government at that time. The team managed to crack the mystery by studying witness anecdotes, social media evidence, and intercepted communications.
It tracked missile launcher at the hostile region and later to Russia after the tragedy, revealed the team.
Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, told, "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."
Moscow has argued that Ukrainian was behind the flight crash. Last Monday, Russia reiterated its claim that it has fresh data to prove that the missile was not fired from rebel-controlled territory.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov slammed the Dutch report saying, it "comes complete with a vast number of speculations, unqualified, unprofessional information," said Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
He further added, "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."
The incident led to enforcing sanctions against Russia by European Union and United States over the Ukraine conflict.