Utrecht, Netherlands — Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said on Thursday for the first time that the missile that brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine came from a Russian military brigade. The joint investigation team "has come to the conclusion that the BUK-TELAR that shot down MH17 came from 53rd Anti-aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk in Russia," top Dutch investigator Wilbert Paulissen said. "The 53rd Brigade forms part of the Russian armed forces," he told reporters at a media conference in the Netherlands. The Malaysian Airlines flight was blown out of the sky over conflict-torn eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014 while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers and crew, most of them Dutch, were killed in the disaster. But there were 17 nationalities on board including Australians, Britons, Malaysians and Indonesians. The investigators had previously concluded that the plane was hit by a Russian-made BUK missile system brought in ...

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