A missile used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over East Ukraine in 2014 came from the Rusian military, Wilbert Paulissen, head of the crime squad of the Netherlands’ national police, said told a press conference organized by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on May 24.
According to Paulissen, the missile was launched by the Buk TELAR belonging to the Russian Armed Forces’ 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade.
“The JIT has come to the conclusion that the Buk TELAR by which the MH17 was downed originated from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Bridage, or the 53rd Bridage, from Kursk in the Russian Federation,” Paulissen said.
According to this version, the Buk TELAR was allegedly delivered to the area in eastern Ukraine, which was beyond not controlled by Kiev at the time of the incident and subsequently returned to Russia after the crash.
However, Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke stated the investigation team will not disclose the evidence allegedly uncovered.
“We have more evidence and more information to back the conclusions made today, but we will not make them public at this time,” he said.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over the conflict zone in Ukraine’s Donbass region on July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board were killed. The Ukrainian government, the US and their allies immediately accused Russia of being behind the incident. Since then, the investigation has been ongoing.
The Russian side rejects its involvement in the MH17 crash dismissing the accusations as baseless.