Russian military unit brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine

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Moscow continued to deny involvement in the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, even as an worldwide team of investigators said Thursday that detailed analysis of video images and photos has unequivocally established that the Buk missile that brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine almost four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit.

The JIT "has come to the conclusion that the Buk-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from the 53rd Antiaircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russian Federation", top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen told reporters.

7 of 7 Members of a joint investigation team present preliminary results of the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Nieuwegein, on September 28, 2016.

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The long-running inquiry already had established that a Russian-made Buk antiaircraft missile downed Flight 17, but it had not previously made a direct link to the Russian military.

Those killed when the missile hit MH17 at 33,000 feet, raining bodies and debris onto the farm fields below, were mostly Dutch but also of 17 other nationalities including British, Australian, Malaysian and Indonesian.

Wilbert Paulissen of the Dutch National Police said Thursday, May 24, 2018 that the missile was from the Russian military's 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk.

The Russian Foreign Ministry called the investigators' 2016 findings "biased and politically motivated".

"We are entering the last phase of the investigation", Dutch prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said.

"The buk (missile system) that was used came from the Russian army, the 53rd brigade", Chief Dutch Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told Reuters.

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He said investigators were not yet ready to identify individual suspects publicly or to issue indictments, but that when they do he expects cooperation, or a firm global political response.

Joint Investigation Team (JIT) member Australian Jennifer Hurst speaks during a press conference.

Investigators appealed for more witnesses to come forward with information about the missile.

"That a sophisticated weapon belonging to the Russian Army was dispatched and used to shoot down a civilian aircraft should be of grave worldwide concern", Ms Bishop said in response to the latest report.

The plane left Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on 17 July 2014 and was due to arrive at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on the following day.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte cut short a trip to India to return in time for a cabinet meeting on Friday to discuss the latest findings in the inquiry, the ANP news agency reported.

Russia, meanwhile, has issued a statement denying all responsibility for the air disaster, in which almost 300 people died.

The JIT determined in 2016 that MH17 was shot down from separatist-held territory in the Donetsk region by a Buk antiaircraft system provided by the Russian military. Two years ago, prosecutors said there were about 100 people under suspicion of direct or indirect involvement.

Ms Bishop said Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine were now "considering options" towards prosecution as they remained united to pursue justice for those who lost their lives and their families.

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