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MH17 crash: Part of Big Buk missile found at Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines plane

The Independent The Independent 7/06/2016 Thomas Escritt

<p></p><p>The international Joint Investigation Team image shows a missile venturi tube JIT</p><p></p> © Provided by Independent Print Limited

The international Joint Investigation Team image shows a missile venturi tube JIT

Prosecutors conducting the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine two years ago have published a photo of part of a Buk missile found at the crash site.

The international Joint Investigation Team (JIT) image shows a venturi tube, which is part of the exhaust system.

Dutch prosecutors have said the investigation was at "a very advanced stage" and that they would present their conclusions after the summer.

In a statement, prosecutors said they had made "several requests" for legal assistance from countries involved in the case, but were still waiting for information from Russia about the Buk missile that is believed to have brought down the Malaysian airliner, killing 298 people.

They said the final report would detail the nature of the weapon used and the exact location from which it was fired. The airliner crashed in territory held by Moscow-backed rebels against the Kiev government.

<p>Flight MH17 was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile fired from eastern Ukraine (AFP/Getty Images)</p> © Provided by Independent Print Limited

Flight MH17 was downed by a Buk surface-to-air missile fired from eastern Ukraine (AFP/Getty Images)


Two thirds of the airliner's passengers were Dutch. The disaster prompted Europe and the United States to level sanctions against Russia and brought east-west tensions to their highest pitch in decades.

The investigators, from the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium and Ukraine, said they would present their conclusions to a court or criminal tribunal. Their governments have pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice, if necessary by setting up an international tribunal.

Russia cast its Security Council veto to block a motion to set up a United Nations-backed tribunal to try the case.

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