Dutch prosectors release report two years after MH17 crash over east Ukraine. They said the system used to shoot down the plane over Ukraine in 2014 originated in Russia. Officials said the Buk missile was fired from eastern Ukraine. This area at the time was controlled by pro-Russian separatists. The vehicle used to fire the missile returned to Russia after the incident.
The Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed at the peak of the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists.
The Boeing 777 was shot down over Ukrainian territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists. All 298 people on board were killed. In an October 2015 report was found that the flight was shot down by a warhead that fit a Buk rocket, referring to Russian technology. Russia has claimed that the plane was brought down by the Ukrainian military. They are also equipped with Buk missiles.
The so called Joint Investigation Team is probing the 2014 crash that killed all 298 people on board. The report addresses issues not covered in the air-safety probe, also led by the Netherlands. Air-crash investigators last year determined a sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft missile brought down the Boeing 777 plane.
The Boeing 777 plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Then it plunged out of the sky over eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian were fighting for control of this region at the time. Most of the fatalities were Dutch.
Russian militants were accused by Ukraine. They were operating in the area where the missile was launched. Russia and the rebels have said that Ukrainian forces were responsible.
Relatives of the victims have expressed anger at the slow pace of the criminal investigation. It was more than two years after the crash and the perpetrators still haven’t been identified and brought to justice.