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September 29, 2016
Inquiry says MH17 shot down by missile brought into Ukraine from Russia
Nieuwegein, Netherlands (AFP) Sept 28, 2016
The missile that downed flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was transported from Russia, a criminal inquiry revealed Wednesday, as it announced that about 100 people were being investigated for playing "an active role" in the disaster. Saying they had "irrefutable evidence" that the BUK missile system was used to blow the Malaysia Airlines plane out of the sky, investigators also for the first time pinpointed that the device was fired from a field in a part of eastern Ukraine then controlled by pro-Rus ... read more

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