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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: Vladimir Putin authorized missile that brought down plane in Ukraine in 2014, investigation finds | Holland | Russia | WORLD

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The Russian President, Vladimir Putinauthorized the deployment of air defense systems in eastern Ukraine which included the BUK missile launcher that shot down on July 17, 2014 the plane of malaysian airlines (MH17), according to “strong indications” published today by the international team (JIT) investigating that tragedy.

“There are strong indications that in Russia the decision has been made by the president on the provision of the BUK missile system to the separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk PR (DPR)”said the JIT, whose conclusion is based on official documents and intercepted conversations in the days before the MH17 tragedy, which left 298 dead.

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Furthermore, he warns that "After the separatists requested longer-range anti-aircraft weapons, their request was discussed at the Presidential Administration in Moscow in the second half of June 2014."

The JIT assured that "there is concrete information" what was presented “the request of the separatists to the president”although "it is unknown if he explicitly mentioned a BUK system"but what is clear is that the decision “it was positive” and "Shortly after, the heavy air defense systems are delivered, including the BUK which later shot down the MH17."

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The intercepted conversations also offer information about the crew members who operated the missile system installation in question, but the JIT regrets that the Russian authorities "are not answering questions about the crew, saying that there was no Russian BUK missile system." present” in eastern Ukraine.

However, and despite new information about the identity of "several people involved" in what happened, at this moment, there is too little evidence to initiate a legal action, Moscow refuses to cooperate, witnesses fear for their lives if they testify and Putin himself has presidential immunity, summary.

They also regret that this situation forces them to temporarily suspend the investigation, but it does not close the case.

The JIT is composed of authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

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He MH17which left Amsterdam bound for Kuala Lumpur, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired from an area controlled by pro-Russian separatist militias and the JIT has already concluded that it was a Russian-made Buk missile that was transferred from Russian territory to eastern Ukraine a few days before the tragedy occurred.

Based on this investigation, a legal claim could be initiated and last November the Dutch Justice sentenced "life imprisonment" two Russian citizens, Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinsky, and the Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, declared "guilty” of the murder of the 298 people who were on board MH17.

The trial of these three defendants took place in absentia because Russia refused to hand over the suspects, and they did not recognize the judicial process carried out in the Netherlands.

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