Russia: Missile That Shot Down Flight MH17 Was Ukrainian

Russia says MH17 missile was in Ukrainian hands

Russia says flight MH17 downed by Ukraine-owned missile

The Russian military has made a new claim about the downing of a passenger jet over the war zone in eastern Ukraine in 2014, asserting that the missile that brought Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 down was sent to Soviet Ukraine after it was made in 1986 and never returned to Russia.

The Russian military says the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, not from Russia.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the plane's destruction.

Nikolai Parshin, chief of the Russian Defense Ministry's Main Missile and Artillery Directorate, presented at a press conference documents related to the missile, parts of which were shown in May by the Dutch-led five-nation joint investigation team (JIT).

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While the worldwide team had pointed to the BUK missile system used as evidence, Russia's Defense Ministry on Monday cited the missile used by serial number, saying it had been in the possession of the Ukrainian military forces since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

In May, prosecutors investigating the downing of MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from Russia's armed forces.

Konashenkov also analyzed a video, released earlier by the Dutch-led investigation team, arguing in detail that this evidence of the BUK missile system showed signs of tampering and editing.

This is another example of Russian disinformation, Williamson said. These numbers were marked on the engine and the nozzle of the missile, the report said.

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A highly placed rebel, speaking to the AP shortly after the crash, admitted that rebels were responsible.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has said it expects relations between Moscow and Kiev to normalize sooner or later, but added that close ties would most likely be restored following a change of government in Ukraine.

The rebels believed they were targeting a Ukrainian military plane, the person said.

The ministry also said that video footage used by an worldwide commission investigating the incident showing the BUK missile being transported into rebel-held eastern Ukraine was faked. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko is hoping to get re-elected "on a wave of Russophobia" by breaking the friendship treaty with Russia, First Deputy Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of Russia's Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Frants Klintsevich told journalists on Monday.

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