20:56 GMT16 May 2021
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    NATO welcomed the results of the Joint Investigation Team's (JIT) probe into the Malaysian MH17 Boeing passenger plane crash in eastern Ukraine in 2014, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Dutch-led JIT announced that the Flight MH17 was downed by a Buk missile system, which was brought from Russia and later returned there.

    "I welcome the first results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team, comprised of the investigation authorities from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia and Belgium. The report sheds light on the causes and circumstances of the downing of MH17," Stoltenberg said, as quoted by NATO's press service.

    He added that the criminal investigation was still ongoing and it was important that the inquiry would be continued "independently and thoroughly."

    Malaysia Airlines 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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