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    MH17 Crash Investigation (261)

    A company that produces radiolocation radars and the Russian Defense Ministry presented radar data that was gathered in the airspace over the MH17 plane crash, which occurred on July 17, 2014 and claimed the lives of all 298 people on board.

    Russia detected a Ukrainian radar near MH17 crash site proving the presence of Kiev's air defense system, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

    Satellite data cited by the US and Ukraine could clarify the issue of the missile launch on the Malaysia Airlines aircraft from Kiev-held territory, Igor Konashenkov said.

    He said that Kiev withholds data showing the images of MH17 crash on puspose as the flight was controlled by Ukrainikan radars and air defense.

    Kiev's refusal to release its radar data suggests that the missile had been launched from Kiev-held territory, Lt. Gen. Konashenkov said.

    "It's not a coincidence that the Ukrainian side is hiding information that could help to reveal the whole picture of the crash. The flight MH17 was controlled by Ukrainian radars, air defense units and Ukrainian air traffic controllers."

    Ukraine should unveil information on the location of its Buk SAM system's location and air traffic control communication on the day of the MH17 crash in east Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    "Kiev has not made public the information on the locations of its Buk missile systems on the day of the crash, negotiations of air traffic controllers, servicemen, on its radars, data on the work of Ukrainian air defense, witnesses' comments."

    Kiev has both military and civilian information related to the airspace situation near the MH17 crash site.

    Russian radar has not detected third-party objects except for two civilian aircraft around MH17 crash site that could have caused its destruction, deputy chief designer of the Ust-Donetsk Utes-T air route radar surveillance complex of the Research and Production Corporation 'Lianozovo Electromechanical Plant,’ a part of Almaz-Antey concern, said Monday.

    Russian radars would have detected a missile that hit Malaysia Airlines plane if it had been launched from the area controlled by the Donbass militia, Konashenkov said.

    The Russian Defense Minitry said that the MH17 crash investigation is on the wrong track because the missile type and launch point are identified incorrectly.

    "As a member of the joint investigative group, Ukraine clearly holds back data and manipulates the probe which is taking a wrong path; from providing controversial data on projectiles to wrongly identifying the type of the missile and subsequently the time of its launch."

    Russia vowed to provide data by Almaz-Antey on the airspace situation near the MH17 crash site to Netherlands investigating the tragedy.

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