KUALA LUMPUR — September 28, 2016: The Dutch-led international investigation team today concluded that Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile brought from Russia into Ukraine.
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) found that the Buk missile defence system was later transported back to Russia after the plane was downed, killing all 298 people on board.
“Based on the criminal investigation, we have concluded that flight MH17 was downed by a BUK missile of the 9M38-Series, which came from the territory of the Russian Federation,” Head of the Dutch National Detective Force Wilbert Paulissen told a press conference in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.
MH17 was shot down while cruising at 30,000ft and crashed in a tense area of Ukraine near the Russian border.
The Boeing B777 aircraft was travelling from Amsterdam to here on July 17, 2014, when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine.
There were 193 Dutch nationals and 44 Malaysians on board. All the Malaysian victims have been identified.
Last month Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the five-country JIT comprising Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine will call a meeting to determine a plan of action to bring the perpetrators to justice. Today he issued a statement on the same. — Bernama