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Russian military unit’s missile downed MH17, investigators say

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BUNNIK, Netherlands — Detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit, according to an international team of investigators.

Image: Reconstructed wreckage of MH17
The reconstructed wreckage of MH17 in the Netherlands in 2015.Michael Kooren / Reuters file

Wilbert Paulissen of the Dutch National Police said Thursday that the missile was from the Russian military’s 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, which is based in the Russian city of Kursk.

Russian military unit’s missile downed MH17, investigators say
Russian military unit’s missile downed MH17, investigators say

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

Paulissen was speaking at a presentation of interim results of the long-running investigation into the downing of flight MH17.

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