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MH17 indictment: Aircraft damage shows that it was downed by Buk missile launcher

Source : 112 Ukraine

The investigation did not find any traces of other weapons that could shoot down the plane
14:46, 21 December 2021

The crash of the Malaysian Boeing-777 (Flight MH17)
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The nature of the damage of the Malaysian Boeing MH17 shot down over Donbas indicates that it was shot down by a Buk missile, as the indictment in the case at the trial in the Netherlands states.

Thus, according to the prosecution, the Buk was taken to Pervomaisk by order and accompanied by the accused. The rocket launch was seen by witnesses. One of them photographed the trail of the rocket. There were also traces of fire and tracks of the missile system on the field. The results of the examination confirmed that MH17 was hit by a Buk missile.

It is noted that the investigation did not find any traces of other weapons that could shoot down the plane.

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On December 20, the prosecutor's office began to announce the indictment in the case of the downing of flight MH17 over Donbas.

On June 7, 2021, the Hague court began hearings on the merits of the case of the Malaysian plane MH17 downing over Donbas.

On June 8, 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.

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There are four defendants in this case: Igor Girkin, former Russian military officer and ex-Defense Minister of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic"; Major General Sergei Dubinsky; Colonel Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatov is the only one who cooperates with the court; a group of lawyers represents his interests.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in the skies over Donbas on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board - 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They all died. This disaster, in terms of the number of deaths, became the largest in the history of civilian aviation since September 11, 2001. At that time, the area where the plane crashed was controlled by pro-Russian militants.

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