12:14 Sep. 28, 2016
Former Finnish Prime Minister and current chair of the defence committee Matti Vanhanen confirmed on Wednesday the tests were carried out in Finland two years ago
Finland conducted secret probes two years ago, but the exact location and time of the tests remain secret. The aim of the tests was to determine what kind of weapon could be used to fire missiles that brought down the MH17 flight. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported earlier that the tests found the weapon in question was a Russian Buk missile.
Finland's National Bureau of Investigation also confirmed on Wednesday that the agency helped the Dutch Safety Board, which is leading the investigation into the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane.
The catastrophe happened on July 17th, 2014. The Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died. The previous investigation showed that the plane was downed by Buk missile from the territory, controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces.