MH17 Report Does Not Implicate Russia, Donbass Militia – Malaysian Ministry

MH17 Report Does Not Implicate Russia, Donbass Militia – Malaysian Ministry © Sputnik/ Andrei Stenin

08:58 17.10.2015(updated 08:59 17.10.2015) Get short URL

Russia’s results of a separate probe into the MH17 crash would be taken into consideration, the Malaysian minister of transport said.

BALI (Sputnik) — The final report of the Dutch Safety Board on the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine did not blame Russia or Donbass militia for the downing, Malaysian Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai said.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, crashed over the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

“I do not see any accusation, whatsoever on Russia [or any separatist group], in this case,” Liow Tiong Lai was quoted by The Malaysian Star newspaper as saying on Friday.

Liow added that Russia’s results of its separate probe would also be taken into consideration by the technical investigators.

The Dutch Safety Board issued a final report of the crash investigation on Tuesday, saying the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed as a result of a ground-to-air missile explosion near the left side of the plane. The organization said an additional forensic investigation would be needed to establish the exact launch location of the missile.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the report cannot be considered objective as Russia was not part of the probe and arguments made by the Russian side were ignored.

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