MH17 Probe Yields Possible Parts of Russian Missile

马航空难事件调查者可能找到俄制导弹部件
FILE - Local workers haul away a piece of wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the site of the plane's crash near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Nov. 20, 2014.

VOA News,August 12, 2015

Investigators probing last year's downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine have found fragments that may have come from a Russian surface-to-air missile.

Dutch prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday that the investigators from Belgium, Australia, Ukraine, Malaysia and the Netherlands who are conducting the criminal investigation into the crash of the Malaysian airliner are examining "several parts, possibly originating from a Buk surface-air-missile system."

The prosecutors said the parts "are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17." The investigators, they added, will "internationally enlist the help of experts, among others forensic specialists and weapon-experts," to determine the origin of the parts.

The prosecutors said that at present "the conclusion cannot be drawn that there is a causal connection between the discovered parts and the crash of flight MH17."

Flight MH17 crashed on July 17 of last year in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, on territory held by pro-Russia separatists fighting Ukrainian government forces. All 298 people on board, most of them Dutch, were killed.

Western intelligence agencies have said the plane was brought down by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile launched from separatist-controlled territory. Preliminary results of the Dutch-led investigation reportedly suggest the missile was launched from a Russian-owned battery that was most likely manned by a Russian crew.

Russia has blamed the downing of the airliner on a Ukrainian missile, also insisting that Kyiv bears ultimate responsibility for the incident as it happened in Ukrainian airspace. Ukraine has rejected the claim.

Late last month, Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that would have set up an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for downing flight MH17.

马航空难事件调查者可能找到俄制导弹部件

美国之音,2015年8月12日

马航MH17号航班去年在乌克兰东部被击落事件的调查人员找到了可能是俄罗斯制造的地对空导弹的残片。

荷兰检察官星期二发表声明说,对这起空难进行刑事调查的比利时、澳大利亚、乌克兰、马拉西亚和荷兰调查人员正检查可能是来自BUK地对空导弹系统的几个残片。

检察官们说,刑事调查者对这些部件尤其感兴趣,因为它们可能对谁参与击落马航客机提供更多信息。检察官们说,为查明残片来源,调查人员将寻求国际专家帮助,其中包括法医和武器专家,但目前还不能断定被发现的残片与马航MH17被击落有因果关联。

马航MH17航班去年7月17日在乌克兰东部亲俄反政府武装控制的顿涅茨克地区坠毁,机上298人全部遇难,其中大多数是荷兰人。

西方情报机构认为飞机是被分离分子控制区发射的俄制BUK地对空导弹击落的。荷兰领导的初步调查结果显示,导弹是从俄罗斯拥有的、而且很可能是俄罗斯人操作的导弹系统发射的。

俄罗斯称飞机是乌克兰导弹击落的,并且说,空难发生在乌克兰领空,乌克兰政府对这一事件负有最终责任。俄罗斯上个月否决了联合国安理会有关成立国际法庭审判马航空难肇事者的决议草案。