Press Conference: Final proof that MH17 tragedy/outrage was committed by Russia
Difficult to believe that the MH17 plane tragedy/outrage will have its fourth anniversary in only two months time.
So many of us will recall the moment when this world news incident proved to be touching so close to home.
The horrific news that two of our own, Liam Sweeney and John Alder had been on the plane which was brought down over the Ukraine.
The two Newcastle United fanatics on their way to New Zealand to watch NUFC in a pre-season tournament, such was their dedication.
Thursday morning has seen a press conference take place in The Hague in Holland, with Dutch investigators having presented evidence that they say is the final proof that Russian forces were responsible for this atrocity.
We all live in hope that those responsible for the loss of the 298 lives and the resultant suffering of families and friends, will be held accountable.
‘Dutch investigators say they have uncovered hard evidence that a Russian army missile system fired the missile that shot down flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.
The Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down over the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014. All 298 people onboard were killed.
In 2016, Dutch investigators announced they had evidence that the BUK system involved in the incident had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine from Russia and returned after the plane had been shot down.
At a press conference in The Hague on Thursday, Dutch police and prosecutors showed photo and video evidence they said proved that they had identified the specific BUK system responsible for shooting down the plane.
They said they now had “legal and convincing evidence which will stand in a courtroom” that the BUK system involved came from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in Kursk in western Russia.
Previously, the investigative website Bellingcat has pointed to involvement of the same brigade using open-source information.
Russian officials have denied all involvement in the incident, and Russian state-linked media have floated a range of implausible theories suggesting Ukraine was responsible for shooting down the plane.
Russia has used its veto in the UN to prevent an international tribunal to determine guilt over the tragedy, meaning any eventual trial will be held in the Netherlands under Dutch law.’
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