May 24, 2018 / 1:25 PM / 6 months ago

Russian military says had nothing to do with downing of flight MH17 - Ifax

MOSCOW, May 24 (Reuters) - Russia’s defence ministry said on Thursday it had nothing to do with the downing of a plane over eastern Ukraine in 2014, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

Dutch prosecutors investigating the disaster said earlier on Thursday that a missile system from the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade of the Russian Armed Forces had been used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. All 298 people on board - two thirds of whom were Dutch - were killed.

The Russian military denied that any Russian missile complex had ever crossed the border between Russia and Ukraine, TASS news agency reported. (Reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber Writing by Maria Tsvetkova Editing by Gareth Jones)

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