MH17: ‘Strong indications’ Putin decided to give separatists the missile that downed plane in 2014, say Dutch investigators


There are “robust indications” that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally authorized the choice to offer separatists in Ukraine with the missile that shot down the Malaysia Airways flight MH17 in 2014, Dutch investigators mentioned Wednesday.

Citing intercepted phone conversations by Russian authorities officers, the Public Prosecution Service’s Joint Investigation Workforce mentioned there have been “robust indications that in Russia, the president made the choice concerning the provision of the Buk-TELAR to separatists of the DPR,” or the self-declared Donetsk Folks’s Republic, in jap Ukraine.

Investigators nonetheless mentioned that “the excessive bar of full and conclusive proof will not be met,” and that regardless, as a head of state, Putin has immunity from prosecution. The Joint Investigation Workforce mentioned that it had shared its findings with the households of the 298 victims.

CNN has reached out to the Kremlin for response. Moscow has repeatedly denied any duty for the assault, and Russian officers and state media have put out a spread of typically contradictory explanations for the tragedy.

Flight MH17 was on its manner from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014, when it was shot out of the sky over territory held by pro-Russian rebels in jap Ukraine. All 298 folks on board have been killed.

Dutch investigators had already concluded that the missile that downed MH17 was a Russian Buk rocket, fired from a launcher belonging to Russia’s 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade. A Dutch courtroom in November discovered two Russians and a separatist Ukrainian responsible of mass homicide for his or her involvement within the downing of MH17.

Of their latest discovering, investigators say that DPR leaders seemed to be in “shut contact” with Kremlin advisers and the Russian intelligence service.

“After the separatists ask for anti-aircraft weapons with larger vary, their request is within the second half of June 2014 mentioned on the Presidential administration in Moscow. That may be a state physique that helps the president. After this, the request for a heavier air protection system is introduced to the minister of Protection and the president,” investigators advised the Dutch courtroom on Wednesday.

The investigators say that the separatists’ request was authorized.

“In recorded phone conversations, Russian authorities officers say that the choice about navy help rests with the president,” the Joint Investigation Workforce mentioned. “The choice is even delayed per week ‘as a result of there is just one who comes to a decision […] the one that is at a summit in France.’ President Putin at the moment, on 5 and 6 June 2014, was on the D Day commemoration in France.

“There’s concrete data that the request from the separatists is introduced to the president, and {that a} optimistic determination is taken. It’s unknown whether or not the request explicitly mentions a Buk system. A short while later, heavy air-defense programs have been delivered, together with the Buk that later shot down MH17.”

The investigators mentioned that there was not robust sufficient proof to start any new prosecutions.

“As a result of at this second it can’t be decided who the operators of the Buk-TELAR have been, and different concrete details about that is missing, it can’t be decided why they fired a Buk rocket at MH17, what their mission was, and what data they’d in the mean time of firing.”