17 AUGUST 2015
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Dutch prosecutors have found what they believe could be parts of a Russian Buk missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last year.
The prosecutors, who are leading an international criminal probe into the deadly crash on 17 July 2014, said in a written statement that the parts "are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17".
Though they have previously said a missile strike is the most likely explanation for the crash, they have never revealed that they are in possession of possible missile parts.
But they cautioned that the conclusion cannot yet be drawn "that there is a causal connection between the discovered parts and the crash of flight MH17."
Prosecutors will now enlist the help of weapons and forensics experts to further investigate the suspected missile parts, noted spokesman Wim de Bruin. He declined to give more details of the parts that are under investigation.
A report by the Dutch Safety Board into the cause of the crash is expected by the end of October, while the separate international criminal investigation is likely to take months more to complete. www.malaysiaairlines.com
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David Bentley, Manchester
Something tells me the criminal investigation will never be completed, or if it is it will end up going off into the sidings like the Litvinenko enquiry. There is too much 'at stake' so to speak. Morally wrong, but inevitable. I hope I'm proved wrong but I don't think I will be.