International prosecutors have concluded that a Buk missile from Russia shot down Malaysia Airlines MH17 over east Ukraine in July 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
Russia has constantly denied any involvement in the incident, which came months after Ukraine spiraled into a civil war after parliament ousted Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych. East Ukraine split from the pro-Europe west and pledged allegiance to Russia.
“Based on results of the criminal investigation it may be concluded that MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a 9M38 series missile launched by a Buk system, which was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and, after the launch, was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation territory,” said Wilbert Paulissen, lead detective with the Dutch Police.
The investigators also discovered that the people fired the missile in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. They found “about 100 people potentially responsible for downing the plane or transporting the missile.” If the investigators make more progress they could possibly bring those people to trial.
Intercepted communications, photos of the missile launcher, and other evidence led the investigators to these conclusions. The officials said evidence showed no other planes in the area, thus disproving the possibility the military shot down the…