Missile launcher used to shoot down packed MH17 was part of the Russian army

The missile launcher used to shoot down a packed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 was part of the Russian armed forces, according to investigators.

MH17 was shot down on July 17 2014 with all 298 people on board, 283 passengers and 15 crew, killed.

A huge investigation was launched after the passenger plane came down with Russia blaming Ukraine for the tragedy.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the crime squad of the Netherlands’ national police, said the missile was fired from
Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade.

"All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces", he told a televised news conference.

Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the incident.

The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down.

The crew were all Malaysian and more than two thirds of the passengers were Dutch.

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