The Boeing 777 crashed on July 17, 2014, in the middle of a military conflict between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces.
The Dutch Safety Board said in its final report released yesterday that the jet was destroyed by a Soviet-made Buk surface-to-air missile. Two-thirds of the 298 people who died were Dutch.
The 15-month probe did not explicitly say who had fired the missile, but it identified an area of 320 square kilometers (120 square miles) from where it said the launch must have taken place.

All of the land was in the hands of pro-Russian separatists fighting Ukrainian forces at the time of the disaster, according to daily maps of fighting released by the Ukrainian National Security Council.
Russia and the rebels insist that if the plane was destroyed by a missile, it must have been fired by the Ukrainian military.
"The Russian commission categorically disagrees with the conclusions of the final report. They are fundamentally wrong, the lack of logic there is beyond comparison," Oleg Storchevoi said.
Storchevoi hinted that Russia believes that some of the evidence has been faked. He accused the Dutch of 'hiding important data' from Russia, calling into question the authenticity of the shrapnel and pieces of the missile reportedly found in the wreckage.



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