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Investigation Reveals Russian Missile Killed 298 On Flight MH17

Fired from Russia-backed rebel area as well

A team of international prosecutors is investigating the downing of flight MH17

Russia is claiming these conclusions are “extremely political” and that its Buk missiles “never shot down” the plane.

“Based on the criminal investigation, we have concluded that flight MH17 was downed by a Buk missile of the series 9M83 that came from the territory of the Russian Federation,” chief Dutch police investigator Wilbert Paulissen said in a news conference on Thursday.

Leonid Slutsky, the head of the parliamentary committee for the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent State) said, “This is of course a provocative statement… it has nothing to do with investigating the tragedy that took away the lives of so many people. These conclusions seek to achieve only one objective – to further marginalise the image of Russia in the global political and information space”.

Who was behind the order?

A field nearby the then rebel-controlled village of Pervomaiskyi has been narrowed down as the specific missile launch side. The identities of about 100 people who are linked to the crash or transport of the Buk have been discovered, but it remains to be seen who will be held criminally responsible.

Recordings from intercepted phone calls were played during their news conference, and witnesses reported seeing the missile move from Russia into Ukraine and have provided photographs and videos of this.

Separatist rebels have denied they were involved:

“We never had such air defence systems, nor the people who could operate them,” Eduard Basurin, military deputy operational commander at the rebel Donetsk People’s Republic

Russia’s fluid explanations

Earlier in the week, Russia has claimed it has radar data showing conclusively that the missile was not fired from rebel-held territory, but they have refused the JIT access to this data up to this point.

The two sides are at odds with each other

The Dutch say that the Russians have got it wrong, and that they are basing their “calculations on an incorrect detonation point and orientation of the weapon resulting in an incorrect missile trajectory”.

This game of back and forth is far from over and the stakes are rising. The international criminal investigation will be published in 2016 – this will ultimately decide who is to blame.