MH17 crash site yields big missile part

Damaged Venturi exhaust component from Buk missileImage copyright
JIT report

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Experts say this exhaust debris was found at the crash site and came from a Buk missile

International investigators have published a photo of a large Buk missile component found at the MH17 airliner crash site eastern Ukraine.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) image shows a “Venturi”, which emits propellant gases, like a car exhaust.

Dutch prosecutors want more information from Russia about the Buk, which they say killed 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in July 2014.

The West and Ukraine say Russian-backed rebels fired the Buk missile.

Russia argues that Ukrainian forces downed MH17. The Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in rebel-held territory.

The JIT interim report explains the progress of the criminal inquiry. The experts are studying a mass of tiny fragments retrieved from the crash site.

Last year, a Dutch Safety Board report concluded that MH17 was downed by a Russian-made Buk, but did not say who fired it. Board president Djibbe Joustra said at the time that the rebels were in charge of the area from which it was fired.

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Initially the MH17 investigation was hampered by restricted access to the crash site

Dutch prosecutors plan to present the results of their investigation in the autumn. They say it is at “a very advanced stage”.

But the JIT interim report says more technical and operational details about the missile are needed.

The Boeing 777 crashed at the height of the conflict between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists.

Some families of the victims are suing Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, in the European Court of Human Rights.

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