Flight MH17: Dutch say they have missile parts
Dutch officials investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine say they have parts of an anti-aircraft missile.
This could be the evidence to confirm what most western governments already suspect – that the aircraft was brought down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists on July 17, 2014.
Last month, Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for those responsible to be brought before a criminal tribunal.
Speakers in favour of the resolution quoted the Dutch Safety Board’s interim accident report last year that said the Boeing 777 was struck by “high-energy objects” consistent with a missile fired from the ground rather than an aircraft, as the Russians claim.
The safety board is leading the investigation into the cause of the crash because 193 Dutch citizens were onboard the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board were killed.
The latest statement comes from another team investigating possible criminal responsibility,
“The parts are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17,” it says.
The seven pieces of debris, said to be a Buk missile, were recovered from the crash site in recent months.
The investigation has been complicated by continued fighting in eastern Ukraine. Parts of the airplane have been brought to the Netherlands for reconstruction at the Gilze-Rijen airbase.
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