Traces Of Russian Surface-to-air BUK Found In MH17

Traces Of Russian Surface-to-air BUK Found In MH17
Malaysian Air MH17 Investigation Complete: “It Was Pro-Russian Separatists” Day Donaldson / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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The theory that pro-Russian separatists had downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 had resurfaced once more following a report from a Dutch journalist. According to the report, a piece of metal found from the MH17 crash site matches Russia’s surface-to-air BUK missile.


Russian Surface-to-air BUK

A Dutch journalist, Jeroen Akkermans of RTL Nieuws, found a metal fragment on the crash site of the downed flight MH17 in 2014. The journalist had the fragment tested by international forensic experts from IHS Jane in London, who all confirmed that the fragment was from a Russian-made BUK rocket.

BUK is an anti-aircraft missile system.

“For the first time there is evidence that flight MH-17 was taken down by a missile,” RTL Nieuws said in its report. The news site posted videos of the analysis from forensic experts.

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Reuters ran a report about Akkermans’ findings on March 19. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov had slammed the report saying there should be unbiased investigation in terms of the downing of MH17.

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A Complex and Time-consuming Process

The Dutch Safety Board, the agency leading the investigation of Flight MH17, announced there is no final analysis of the accident yet. The agency said that the investigation involved complex and time-consuming process.

“The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing and is focusing on many more sources than just the pieces of shrapnel. Additional material for investigation is welcome for this, but it is important that it be irrefutably demonstrated that there is a relationship between any material and the aeroplane that crashed. The Dutch Safety Board will accept any such material and include it in the investigation,” the board said in a statement.

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