‘Russian Missile Parts’ Found At MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine

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UNILAD mh 17 find 16 Russian Missile Parts Found At MH17 Crash Site In UkraineAP

Fragments of a suspected Russian missile system have been found at the Flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine, according to investigators.

Dutch prosecutors say the parts, possibly from a Buk missile system, “are of particular interest” and could help identify who was behind the crash that killed all 298 people on board.

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However, the team say they have not yet proved their “causal connection” with the crash.

The Malaysian Airlines flight crashed on land held by Russian-backed rebels in July 2014.

Ukraine and the west have accused the pro-Russia separatists of shooting down the plane with a surface-to-air missile supplied by Moscow, fired in the belief MH17 was a military plane.

Russia has continually denied responsibility, instead blaming Ukrainian government forces for the attack on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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UNILAD mh 17 find 26 Russian Missile Parts Found At MH17 Crash Site In UkraineReuters

Prosecutors have previously said that a missile strike was the most credible explanation for the crash but this is the first time the team have confirmed they have potentially corroborating physical evidence.

According to a spokesman, they will now enlist the help of weapons and forensics experts to further investigate the suspected missile parts.

Fred Westerbeke, a spokesman for the Dutch Prosecutor’s Office, said that seven fragments had been found, which were definitely not part of the aircraft itself.

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He said:

We are going to need more investigation to really find out what exactly this is and if it is part of a possible system that took down MH17. If we can establish that, then we can say that it is a breakthrough.

However, even if the prosecutors can confirm the parts are from a missile system, the question still remains of who actually fired the weapon. Even so, hopefully this find can bring us one step closer to the truth!


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