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The Netherlands to make public report on causes of MH17 crash in east Ukraine

October 13, 2015, 8:38 UTC+3 THE HAGUE
Russia has repeatedly expressed discontent with how the investigation proceeds and the fact that information proposed by the Russian side is often ignored
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MH17 crash site in Donbas (archive)

MH17 crash site in Donbas (archive)

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THE HAGUE, October 13. /TASS/. The Netherlands will make public the final report of the Dutch Safety Board that sums up the result of the 15-month investigation of MH17 crash in east Ukraine in 2014. The investigation did not consider the issues of who is to responsible for the tragedy but rather dealt with technical details of the air crash. The Dutch prosecutor’s office conducts a separate criminal investigation tasked with establishing the perpetrators.

Among participants in the investigation were Australia, UK, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, USA and Ukraine. The preliminary version of the documents was presented on June 1. The countries could propose amendments to the report in the following two months, but it remains unclear whether these amendments were taken into account.

Russia has repeatedly expressed discontent with how the investigation proceeds and the fact that information proposed by the Russian side is often ignored. The Russian state arms producer Almaz-Antey held its own full-scale experiment on recreating the crash. The results of the experiment will be announced today at a press conference in Moscow. The company said that the preliminary analysis of the experiment confirms the earlier version of the accident.

On 17 July 2014, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger airliner on flight MH17 from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in the Donetsk Region in eastern Ukraine, killing all on board. Most passengers - 193 people - were Dutch nationals. The suspected cause of the crash is that the plane was hit by a surface-to-air missile. The Dutch Safety Board is conducting the investigation.

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