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International Criminal Probe Blames Missile from Russia for MH17 Tragedy

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NIEUWEGEIN, The Netherlands -- An international criminal investigation into the MH17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine in 2014 has determined the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down by a Buk antiaircraft missile fired from separatist controlled territory in Ukraine.
 
Presenting the Joint Investigation Team's interim findings on September 28, the team's head, Fred Westerbeke, said the investigation had ruled out all other possible explanations for MH17's crash, which killed all 298 people on board.
 
Westerbeke, who is also the Netherlands' chief prosecutor, added that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) could not currently reveal all of its findings for fear of hampering its criminal investigations. However, the investigation has identified about 100 people who are being looked at further.
 
Westerbeke said it is unknown how long the JIT investigation will continue or when it will be completed. He added that he thinks there is a “realistic chance” that those responsible for the tragedy will be prosecuted, although the venue for such a prosecution remains undetermined.
 

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Rikard Jozwiak covers the European Union and NATO for RFE/RL from his base in Brussels.​ Write to him at rikard.jozwiak@gmail.com.

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International Criminal Probe Blames Missile from Russia for MH17 Tragedy

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