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JIT to consider statement of Russia's Defense Ministry on Ukrainian belonging of missile

The prosecutors reminded that earlier the statements of the Defense Ministry of Russia were not confirmed
19:44, 17 September 2018

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The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that investigates the crash of Malaysian Boeing MH17 flight over Donbas reacted to the statement of Russia's Defense Ministry on the Ukrainian belonging of the missile that downed the plane. The group plans to carefully consider the statement of Russia as JIT reported.

At the same time, the representatives of the group noted that earlier they filed the requests for similar information but were left without respond.

"Already in 2014 the JIT has requested the Russian Federation to provide all relevant information. In May 2018 the JIT specifically requested information concerning numbers found on several recovered missile parts. The Russian Federation has left that question and several other questions addressed by the JIT to the Russian Federation unanswered. In August 2018 the Russian Federation notified the JIT in writing that no additional requests have to be made by the JIT in order to receive relevant information in possession of the Russian authorities," the message said.

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Moreover, it was specified that the number of earlier statements of Russia's Defense Ministry were not confirmed, particularly, the claims that a military aircraft was spotted near Boeing.

Also, JIT urged Russia to provide the documents related to the investigation for the considering by the investigators.

Earlier a representative of the Russian defense ministry reported that the missile that downed Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines over Donbas in 2014 belongs to Ukraine's Armed Forces. The Russian authority claimed that the missile was made at Dolgoprudnensky factory in 1986 and sent to Ukraine's military unit; it allegedly was kept there until the tragedy happened. The ministry also claimed that it has access to the audio records made by the Ukrainian military; the tapes allegedly confirm that Ukraine is involved in the crash.

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The Netherlands and Australia officially accused Russia of the downing of the MH17 plane. Particularly, when the Dutch prosecutors found the evidence that the plane was downed from the Russian “Buk”.

Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17, was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims, 196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of other nine countries as well.

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