Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russia Holds Ukraine Responsible for Malaysian Plane Crash

Russia Holds Ukraine Responsible for Malaysian Plane Crash

Russian Federation on Monday released fresh information to back its claim the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over war-torn Ukraine in 2014 was sacked by Kiev's forces.

The Russian military said on Monday they traced the two missiles that hit Malaysian passenger plane MH 17 four years ago belonged to Ukraine.

Flight MH17 crashed with 298 people on board on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine, while en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, leaving no survivors.

Based on documents hitherto "top secret" from the designer of the missile, the Russian army has assured during a press conference that it "was assembled on December 24, 1986 and delivered by train to a military unit of the soviet western Ukraine".

Russian Federation has denied any responsibility for the shooting-down of the plane and has presented a number of theories pointing the finger at Kiev.

Parshin said that the numbers on the missile components clearly indicated that it was produced in 1986 by a factory in the Moscow region and then transferred to Ukraine and remained with the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Pro-Russia news portal reported the missile was manufactured in 1986, after an worldwide team of investigators led by the Netherlands discovered two serial numbers on the fragments of a rocket, marking the projectile's engine and nozzle.

A graphic showing a Buk missile, similar to the one that investigators believe shot down flight MH17.

Asked about the possibility that the separatists may have seized the missile system during fighting in 2014, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. These numbers were marked on the engine and the nozzle of the missile, the report said.

The Joint Investigation Team, set up by nations that lost citizens in the MH17 crash, said in a statement that it has "taken note" of the information that the Russian military made public on Monday.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it expects relations between Moscow and Kiev to normalize sooner or later, but added that close ties would most likely be restored following a change of government in Ukraine. "They need a reason to aggravate the situation", - said the Ukrainian Minister.

The ministry also said that video footage used by an global commission investigating the incident showing the BUK missile being transported into rebel-held eastern Ukraine was faked.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday signed a decree not to extend an official friendship agreement with Russian Federation.

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