AMSTERDAM – The Buk anti-aircraft missile used to bring down flight MH17 belonged to the 53rd Brigade of the Russian army stationed in Kursk, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said in a press conference in Bunnik, the Netherlands, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported.
“The JIT has come to the conclusion that the (Buk) with which MH17 was downed, originated from the 53rd Anti-Missile Brigade from Kursk in the Russian Federation,” said Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Netherlands National Police.
Investigators came to the conclusion after extensively researching numerous pieces of physical evidence, as well as photos, videos and testimonies relating to the crash.
The Malaysia Airlines passenger flight, which originated in Amsterdam, was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. Most were Netherlands nationals.
In 2016, investigators found that the Buk missile came from Russia before it was transported to the pro-Russian rebel-controlled area in the Ukraine.
The Buk missile system from which the rocket was fired is then said to have returned to Russia.
Russia had previously rejected all allegations and blames Ukraine for the incident.
Malaysia, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine are participating in the JIT, which is led by Netherlands authorities. – BERNAMA