02:16 GMT06 December 2020
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    The European Union expressed its support to the Joint Investigation Team's (JIT) investigation of the crash of the MH17 airliner in eastern Ukraine and welcome the progress made by the investigators, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the JIT announced that the MH17 airliner allegedly was downed in 2014 in eastern Ukraine 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 Donbas militias.

    "Today's interim results of the independent criminal investigation, presented by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), demonstrate that important progress has been made, answering many questions that have borne heavily on those who lost their loved ones on 17 July 2014… The European Union reiterates its full support for the work of the JIT and welcomes the progress made by the countries involved on an effective prosecution mechanism," Mogherini said, as quoted by the European Union External Action Service's (EEAS).

    She added that the investigation needed support of the international community to bring the responsible to justice.

    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.


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