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Dutch experts possibly have parts of missile from Boeing crash site in Ukraine

August 11, 2015, 16:53 UTC+3 THE HAGUE
These parts have been secured during a previous recovery-mission in eastern Ukraine and are in possession of the criminal investigation team MH17 and the Dutch Safety Board
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THE HAGUE, August 11. /TASS/. The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) and the joint investigation team on the July 2014 Boeing crash in eastern Ukraine said on Tuesday they are probing new parts that possibly originate from a Buk missile system.

"At present the conclusion cannot be drawn that there is a causal connection between the discovered parts and the crash of flight MH17," a joint statement says.

"These parts have been secured during a previous recovery-mission in Eastern-Ukraine and are in possession of the criminal investigation team MH17 and the DSB," it says.

The parts "can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17," according to the statement.

The Malaysian Boeing MH17 crashed over Ukraine’s Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. The plane was on its way from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Fifteen crewmen and 283 passengers, most of whom were Dutch, died. According to the main version, the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air or an air-to-air missile. The Ukrainian government and the militias of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) traded blame over the crash.

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