: RFE/RL: Investigators find Buk missile part at MH17 crash site in Ukraine

13:18 Jun. 7, 2016

RFE/RL: Investigators find Buk missile part at MH17 crash site in Ukraine

Search and rescue specialists at the crash area of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. (GettyImages)

Results of the investigation are at 'advanced stage' - Dutch prosecutors

International investigators say they have found a Buk missile component at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. A Joint Investigation Team photo published online on June 6 shows a Venturi, which it said emits propellant gases like a car exhaust.

Dutch prosecutors say they want more information from Russia about the Buk, which they say killed 298 people aboard MH17 in July 2014.

Watch also Dutch Safety Board releases its final MH17 report

The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed separatists fired the Buk. Russia argues that Ukrainian forces downed MH17. The Boeing 777 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and crashed in territory held by the separatists.

Last year, a Dutch Safety Board report concluded that MH17 was downed by a Russian-made Buk, but did not say who fired it. Board President Djibbe Joustra said at the time that the separatists were in charge of the area from which it was fired.

Read also New footage shows BUK which may have downed MH17

Dutch prosecutors say their report is at "a very advanced stage" and the results of the investigation will be unveiled in the fall.

As reported earlier, the international investigators published a report on the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The document explains six aspects of the investigation including forensic research into debris, a field office in Kyiv, collecting soil samples in a disputed territory, investigation into weapons systems, and legal assistance.

Read also MH17 Crash Investigation: Netherlands publishes a new report

Experts are collecting the downed Boeing fuselage at the Dutch Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base. Last summer the investigative group members visited the crash site in the Donbas region and collected soil samples from places where a missile might have been launched from. They also tried to find fragments of the missile, which was probably used to shoot down the plane.

The report also demonstrates rear parts of the Buk missile, which was found at the crash site.

The Malaysian plane MH17 heading from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur was downed over Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. The analysis of the damaged pieces of salvaged plane wreckage showed the board had been shot by a Russian-made surface-to-air BUK missile. This was later confirmed in the final report of Dutch Safety Board.

Read also Flight MH17 was downed by Buk from Russian 53rd division - Bellingcat

Criminal investigations are still ongoing but the Dutch Safety Board has determined the plane was targeted by a Russian-made warhead launched off a surface-to-air-missile system by pro-Russia separatists in a conflict zone of Ukraine near the Russian border.

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