DPR Head Denies Donbass Militias' Involvement in MH17 Flight Crash
Sep 30 2016 by Desiree Burns
Families were also told that the Buk missile system that was used to shoot down the plane had been transported from Russian Federation into Ukraine, and was returned to Russian Federation immediately afterward.
Investigators are now examining who might have given the order to smuggle the Buk system into Ukraine, and who gave the order to shoot down MH17.
He said: "Today's progress in the investigation is an important step towards securing justice for the 298 people who lost their lives and for their families and friends who continue to deal with this terrible tragedy".
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has expressed his appreciation for the thorough work of the independent investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014, saying it is an important step towards accountability.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. The conclusions left no shadow of a doubt.
Prosecutors could also indicate what charges they are considering bringing - for instance criminal negligence.
If the investigation confirms that theory, which is supported by photographic evidence and witness statements collected by Reuters, it will directly challenging Moscow's suggestion that the plane was brought down by the Ukrainian military.
On Wednesday the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) made up of forces from Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine and Malaysia released the results of a two-year search into how the passenger plane was shot down killing all 298 people on board.
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Investigators did not name any suspects, but revealed they have identified about 100 people "who can be linked to the downing of MH17 or the transport of the BUK-TELAR".
The Russian ambassador was called Friday to the foreign ministry in The Hague over statements that the Dutch say question the office's "professionalism, integrity and independence".
The preliminary findings also said that around 100 people are under investigation for playing "an active role" in the incident and confirmed that the missile was sacked from a field which at the time was in territory held by pro-Moscow rebels battling Kiev.
According to the Dutch, the BUK system was brought into separatist territory on the day of the shootdown and removed that same day back to Russian territory.
The prosecutor said he was "fully confident" the investigation would lead to a trial.
Moscow has denounced as "biased" an investigation into the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Dutch investigators say the missile was launched from farmland in the rebel-held area of Pervomaiskiy, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne.
Despite worldwide investigators narrowing down a list of potential suspects to Russia, Ukraine and a pro-Moscow rebel group, all parties have denied involvement.