The facts of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

By Marcus Bensman, David Crawford, CORRECT!V

An international investigation has concluded that the destruction of a Malaysia Airlines flight linking Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, which killed all 298 passengers and crew aboard, was caused by a missile from a Russian army anti-aircraft brigade, confirming a report published by Mediapart just six months after the horrific events. The attack occurred over territory held by pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists at the height of the secessionist conflict with the Ukraine government.  The Joint International Team investigation, involving officials from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine, have found that the missile which destroyed the plane “came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia”, just as the investigation by Mediapart media partner CORRECT!V had pieced together in this detailed report first published in January 2015.

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Almost four years after the destruction of a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian secessionists were at the time engaged in a bitter military conflict against the Ukrainian government, a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) involving experts from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine have concluded that the Boeing 777 was downed by an anti-aircraft missile that came from a Russian army unit.