First definite proof: MH17 plane downed by BUK missile
Fragments of a Russian-produced BUK missile were found in debris of a Malaysia Airlines MH17 Boeing 777 passenger plane downed in Donbas in July 2014.
This is proven by a forensic investigation into ammunition fragments from debris of the airplane, ordered by Dutch RTL News.
An RTL correspondent who took with him some fragments of the weapon from the crash site sent them for examination. Out of the seven fragments examined by independent experts from Warsaw, London and Munich, four were fragments of the plane and three were remains of a BUK missile, Ukraine's TSN news program reported.
"This possibility [that a BUK missile brought down MH17] was considered for some time, but as of today there is physical evidence of the murder weapon," RTL wrote on Thursday.
"For the first time there is evidence that flight MH17 was taken down by a missile. This is proven by a forensic investigation into ammunition fragments from debris of the airplane, ordered by RTL News," the investigative article said.
The Dutch news portal also posted images of the BUK fragments, saying that one of them shows part of the serial number with a broken off 2 and a Cyrillic 'Ц' letter from the Russian alphabet.
Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was travelling over the conflict-hit region in eastern Ukraine when it disappeared from radar on July 17, 2014. A total of 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members were on board. All of them died after the airliner crashed.