Breaking News
INTERNATIONAL

Russian military missile brought down MH17

The Hague, May 24: The missile that brought down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board, belonged to the Russian military, Dutch investigators said on Thursday. For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia, the BBC reported. All people on board the Boeing 777 died when it broke apart in mid-air flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It was hit by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine. Russia said none of its weapons was used. But Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch official from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), told reporters: “All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces.” He said that after studying all available photos and footage, investigators had been able to trace the convoy to Russia’s 53rd Brigade, which consists of 300 people based in the city of Kursk. (IANS)

About the author

Ankur Kalita