MH17 Joint Investigation Team Names Four Suspects in the Case

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Michael Plachta

On June 19, 2019, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in July 2014 held a press conference. For the first time since the investigation’s initiation, prosecutors have announced charges against suspects in the case. The criminal investigation of the JIT – which includes officials from the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, and Ukraine – has been ongoing since 2014. On September 28, 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with one missing missile – was returned to the Russian Federation. In May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation. It added that it had a “long list” of persons of interest and appealed again for witnesses as the investigation continues.