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    Russia has passed on the information on the crash of the Malaysian plane in 2014 in eastern Ukraineto the government of the Netherlands, Dutch Justice Minister Ard van der Steur said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Flight MH17 crashed on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine while flying to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. All 298 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft died in the incident. The Ukrainian government forces and the local militias traded accusations regarding the incident which occurred at the time of heavy fighting in the region.

    "A package of information was handed over to the Dutch authorities by the Russian public prosecution department at 3pm Dutch time [13:00 GMT]," van der Steur said Wednesday, as quoted by the Dutch News portal.

    The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked with probing the crash announced in September that the MH17 airliner was allegedly downed by a Buk missile system which was brought from Russia and consequently returned there. Furthermore the investigation believes that the missile was launched by the territory controlled by the Donbass militants.

    The Russian Defense Ministry cast doubt on the conclusions of the investigators, saying that no Russian missile systems, including Buk, have ever crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border.

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