Russian President Vladimir Putin has been implicated within the 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airways jet, in keeping with Dutch prosecutors.
On Wednesday, a global crew of investigators stated they discovered “sturdy indications” that Putin personally approved the availability of long-range anti-aircraft weapons to the pro-Russian separatists who shot down Malaysia Airways flight MH17 in July 2014.
The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was struck down by a Buk missile that was fired by pro-Moscow Ukrainian rebels, killing all 298 people on board. The wreckage of the crash and the our bodies of passengers have been scattered over farmland in jap Ukraine.
Members of the Joint Investigation Group had documented indications of Putin’s function within the incident based mostly on recorded phone conversations by which Russian officers stated that offering navy help may solely be accredited by the president.
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Nevertheless, the investigators famous that that they had inadequate proof to prosecute Putin.
“There may be concrete info that the separatists’ request was offered to the president, and that this request was granted,” the investigators stated. “It isn’t identified whether or not the’Robust indications’ Putin concerned in downing of Malaysia Airways jet that killed 298, probe finds request explicitly mentions a Buk system.”
In response to the prosecutors, that they had exhausted their leads and there shall be no extra legal proceedings.
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Russia has at all times denied any involvement and has refused to cooperate with the worldwide investigation.
The investigation crew reportedly informed the households of these killed within the downing of MH17 earlier than making their reviews public.
“There was disappointment as a result of they wished to know why MH17 was shot down,” Andy Kraag of the Dutch police stated. “We’re actually clear on what has occurred, however the reply to the query why MH17 was shot down nonetheless stays in Russia.”
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In November final yr, three males, together with Russians Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinskiy and Ukrainian separatist Leonid Kharchenko, have been convicted of the murders of 298 individuals and sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia by a Dutch courtroom. Nevertheless, they have been by no means arrested or extradited. A fourth suspect was additionally acquitted.
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