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Russia says missile that shot down flight MH17 was Ukrainian

Ukrainian workers inspected debris at the main crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014.
Ukrainian workers inspected debris at the main crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014.IGOR KOVALENKO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

MOSCOW — The Russian military said Monday that the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people on board, came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, not from Russia.

The jet was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July 2014, about 25 miles from the Russian border, where fighting had been raging for months between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.

The Netherlands and Australia said in May that they believe the missile was transported to Ukraine from a military unit in the Russian city of Kursk.

Russia has vehemently denied involvement and has over the years come up with various theories as to the cause of the crash, generally laying the blame on the Ukrainian side.

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