Putin 'supplied' missile that shot down MH17 flight over Ukraine in 2014, investigators say

8 February 2023, 13:56

Investigators have said there are 'strong indications' Putin supplied the missile that downed the MH17 flight
Investigators have said there are 'strong indications' Putin supplied the missile that downed the MH17 flight. Picture: Getty
Kieran Kelly

By Kieran Kelly

Vladimir Putin signed off on the supply of a missile that was used to shoot down the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, investigators have said.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

There are "strong indications" Mr Putin made the decision himself, but there is not enough evidence for a prosecution, they said.

All 298 passengers and cabin crew died as the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight crashed over Ukraine.

It comes three months after two Russians and a Ukrainian rebel were convicted for shooting down the plane and killing everyone onboard. It is unclear is they will serve their sentences.

Wreckage from the crash of the MH17 flight
Wreckage from the crash of the MH17 flight. Picture: Getty
There are "strong indications" Putin supplied the missle that shot down the flight
There are "strong indications" Putin supplied the missle that shot down the flight. Picture: Getty

Read More: 'UK is marching with Ukraine to victory': Zelenskyy thanks Britain in historic address to Parliament

Read more: Bodies of British volunteers Chris Parry and Andrew Bagshaw returned in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Investigators found that the surface-to-air Buk missile that blew the flight out of the sky came from a Russian military base, which they said indicates Russian involvement.

Russia denies its involvement in the crash, and accused the court in November of acting on the pressure of Dutch politicians.

The convictions in November found that Moscow was in control of Donetsk People's Republic in 2014 - the separatist area of eastern Ukraine the missile was launched from.

It came from the Russian military's 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, based in the city of Kursk.

Wreckage from the MH17 flight crash
Wreckage from the MH17 flight crash. Picture: Getty

"The indications for close ties between the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic and Russian government officials raises questions about their involvement in the deployment" of the missile, the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service said.

It also cited intercepted phone calls between leaders of the breakaway region and "high-ranking Russian government officials held in the summer of 2014".

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Primary school teacher struck off after anonymous letter exposed her as £1,600-a-night escort

Primary school teacher struck off after anonymous letter exposed her as £1,600-a-night escort

The Brit drowned after being pulled away by strong currents.

British tourist drowns in front of girlfriend during Lake Como boat trip

x

Former police station - complete with holding cells and custody suite - goes on sale on RightMove

Atker used tubes of Aluminium Phosphide to exterminate bedbugs

'Desperate' woman spared jail after deadly gas used for bedbug infestation kills 11-year-old girl

Obama tells allies Joe Biden must 'seriously consider' presidential bid

Obama tells allies Joe Biden must 'seriously consider' presidential bid as campaign hits back at 'baseless conjecture'

Zara McDermott opened up about the "extremely distressing" events that occurred behind the scenes at Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Come Dancing's Graziano Di Prima admits to kicking Zara McDermott

Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer vows to tackle migrant crisis 'at source' as he announces £84 million in aid for Africa and Middle East

Two dead and two children in hospital after house fire in Blackpool

Fundraiser set up in bid to raise money for family of Blackpool couple killed in fire

Six people were found dead at a luxury hotel in Bangkok died from cyanide, including Sherine Chong (left)

US woman insisted on making tea for victims before poisoning them in cyanide murder-suicide plot at Bangkok hotel

Just Stop Oil founder Roger Hallam jailed for five years over M25 protests

Five Just Stop Oil activists - including founder Roger Hallam - given record jail sentences over M25 protest

Border Force returns migrant boat to France for first time in history after refugee dies in the Channel

Border Force returns migrant boat to France for first time in history after refugee dies in the Channel

Sir Geoffrey Boycott was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002.

Sir Geoffrey Boycott’s family issues health update as England legend undergoes cancer surgery

Liz Colfer says pension taxation misses the mark.

Why pension taxation proposals miss the mark

It follows a sharp rise in the number of abusive messages sent via the bank's app.

Santander bans swear words when sending money after abusers use 1p bank transfers to bypass restraining orders

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reacts after the announcement of the vote at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Ursula von Der Leyen wins second term as top EU leader

Sir Ed Davey has been criticised for his time as Post Office minister

Ed Davey says sorry for taking five months to meet Alan Bates and says ex-Post Office boss Paula Vennells ‘fed me lies’