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MH17: Court looks into evidence confirming that Buk missile was fired from militant-held territory of Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The jury also took into consideration the testimonies of at least eight witnesses that either saw or heard the missile flight
12:50, 9 June 2021

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As the Dutch court keeps looking into the MH17 case, the jury received pieces of evidence that confirm that the civilian airplane was shot by the missile. In turn, that projectile was fired from the launch site located in the militant-controlled part of Donbas. 

According to Deutsche Welle, the court looked into 140 photos and images of fragments of the missile fired from Buk surface-to-air missile launcher - including those found on the crash site or found in the hull of the aircraft. Results of expertise and comparison of projectile fragments prove that the plane was downed with 9М38М1 missile with 9Н314М warhead. 

The damage done to Boeing matches the typical action of the missile, which is the explosion in close proximity to the target. That's another confirmation of the Buk missile hit.

Related: MH17 hearing: Witnesses spoke before the court

No traces point out that a bomb explosion could have taken place aboard. No traces of the fire were detected inside, apart from the section that was on fire already after the fall. Radar data, including that provided by the Russian side confirmed that there were no combat aircraft in the vicinity, so it could not be shot down with an air-to-air missile. 

The jury also took into consideration the testimonies of at least eight witnesses that either saw or heard the missile flight. In general, twenty witnesses saw the trace of the missile in the sky, and some said they saw how the plane parts fell down. Another three claimed they were directly in the area of the missile launch site and pointed out it was the field near Pervomaiske.

Related: MH17 case: Jury to consider conclusions of Russian defense concern Almaz-Antey

 

 

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