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Joint Investigation Team said on September 28, is convinced that has obtained “irrefutable evidence to establish that on July 17, 2014, a BUK missile shot down flight MH-17.” The JIT explained the missile arrived from Russia and it was fired from an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi, which, at that time was under control of the Russian fighters.
Wilbert Paulissen, the head of the Dutch National Detective Force, the Buk 9M38 missile shot down the passenger flight on July17, 2014 and killed all 298 people on board.
CNN reported Paulissen said, “the Buk was returned to Russian territory next day.” As the statement of JIT, a group of international prosecutors that work on the investigation says, the JIT has identified approximately 100 people who can be linked to the downing of the MH17 or to the transport of the BUK-TELAR.
The JIT has been investigating these people using various sources and intercepted conversations. The international group of prosecutors will have until January 1, 2018 to investigate and find more information on who ordered the transport of the BUK-TELAR and who ordered shooting down the air plane.
In the first reactions after the presentations of the findings, Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the information pointed to the “direct involvement” of Russia and said an investigation was ongoing into specific suspects and their “place in the chain of command” in order to pursue a criminal case.
Russia rejected the report. “None of the missile complexes, including BUK, have ever crossed Russian-Ukrainian border,” said Russia’s spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, in a statement, as CNN reports. Russia questioned the reliability of the data, which they claim, come only from internet and Ukraine’s security services.
The JIT excluded the possibility for a terrorist attack inside the aircraft, the possibility that a military aircraft shot down the plane. Sufficient radar data obtained from Russia and Ukraine shows “at the time of the crash, no other airplanes were in the vicinity that could have shot down the flight MH17.”