• A Russian BUK MissileReuters File
  • A Dutch TV report claimed that it has found the remains of a BUK missile at the MH17 crash site.RTLNieuws/TV screenshot

New investigations into the MH17 crash claim that the fragments recovered from the downed Malaysia Airlines flight match with the components of a Russian surface-to-air BUK missile.

The piece of shrapnel among the debris of the crashed plane was found by a Dutch journalist from the village of Hrabove, months after the incident in which all 298 passengers and crew were killed.

Since the beginning there have been strong evidences that blamed the pro-Russian separatists for shooting down the passenger plane. Russia, however, had denied any involvement and instead had blamed the West.

Dutch broadcaster RTLNieuws stated that the shrapnel recovered from the accident site was later tested by three international forensic experts, including defence analysts IHS Jane's in London, who concluded that the recovered debris piece matched with the BUK missile.

A Reuters report citing the Dutch Safety Board, which is investigating the MH17 crash, reacting to the investigation by the Dutch TV stated that it was looking into "more sources than only the shrapnel."

In its preliminary conclusions published last year, the MH17 investigations board noted that the aircraft was hit by high velocity projectiles but did not specify the source.

Back in September last year, a Business Insider report had found evidence that the Buk missile system that shot down MH17 on 17 July came from Russia and in probability was operated by Russian soldiers.

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