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Russian arms maker rejects MH17 findings

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 00:50

The Russian state arms maker of the BUK air missile system allegedly used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner presents its own findings. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Russian state arms producer Almaz-Antey that makes the BUK air missile system which is widely assumed to have been used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine in July 2014 presented the results of its own research into the crash on Tuesday (October 13). The company's chief executive Yan Novikov said that Almaz-Antey has performed two experiments to find out what type of missile was used to shoot down the plane. "The results of the experiment have entirely refuted the conclusions by the Dutch commission about the type of the rocket and the place of the launch. Today we can say definitely - and we will show it in our presentation - that in the case that the Boeing-777 of Malaysian Airlines had been hit by a BUK missile complex, that would mean it had been hit by a 9M38 missile launched from the village of Zaroshchenske," Novikov said. The village of Zaroshchenske was not under rebel control, according to pro-Russian rebels. According to Novikov, 9M38 missile exists in Ukraine's arsenal and is not used by Russia's military. He also criticised the sanctions imposed on Almaz-Antey by the European Union. MH17 was shot down over territory held by pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people aboard, most of them Dutch citizens. Many including Western governments believe rebels shot down the aircraft, possibly mistaking it for a Ukrainian military plane. Moscow has offered alternative theories, including that it might have been shot down by a Ukrainian fighter, or by Ukrainian forces. The Dutch Safety Board findings of its investigation into the crash is expected to say it was downed by a Russian-made Buk missile but not who was responsible for firing it.

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Russian arms maker rejects MH17 findings

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 00:50