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    Senior Dutch officials closely followed social media in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine as they feared that their "impotence" could lead to social unrest in the country, local media reported Thursday citing internal governmental documents obtained through a freedom of information request.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Another note showed that actions of the Dutch government in the first days following the tragedy were met with a negative response on social media.

    "When such anger and impotence persists, it can lead to social unrest, for example during public commemorative events," one of the documents obtained by the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation (NOS) reads.

    Flight MH17 crashed with 298 people on board on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine, while en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam, leaving no survivors. Kiev and independence supporters in Ukraine’s southeast have blamed each other for the downing of the MH17 plane.

    Dutch investigators published a report in October 2015 claiming that the Malaysia Airlines aircraft appeared to have been downed using a Russia-produced Buk surface-to-air missile system. The report did not identify the exact location from where the missile was fired.

    The Russian arms manufacturer that builds Buk missile systems, Almaz-Antey, conducted a separate probe into the crash, finding that the missile that hit the plane could only have been launched from the region of Zaroshchenske, controlled by Kiev forces at the time of the incident.


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