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The prosecution to investigate the version of who shot down MH17 plane

The public Prosecutor's office does not consider it appropriate requirement for the protection of Oleg Pulatov, accused in the case of the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing (flight MH17) in the Donbass in 2014, to investigate the theory that the airliner was shot down by military plane, said Prosecutor ward Ferdinandusse on the hearings about the crash of Boeing on Friday.

"The defense asked for further investigation of the scenario in which MH17 was shot down by military aircraft. Such a request can be satisfied only in the case if this alternative scenario is plausible. A file with the instructions on that flight MH17 could be shot down by military aircraft, is already in the dossier. Pulatov has not added anything new," said the Prosecutor.

In his opinion, the evidence that was found to be incompatible with the evidence in the case file relating to the types of damage that remained on the wreckage of the cockpit, the bodies of the victims, as well as data from radar and intercept telephone conversations.

"All these readings talking about the fact that the plane was shot down by a Buk missile system. Pulatov needs to provide data to refute this evidence... Investigation, which was requested rather required to find out whether Pulatov to use it in the future for their protection. It is not the purpose of this trial. Thus, this query is based purely on speculation," said Ferdinandusse.

At a hearing earlier in the week a Dutch lawyer Pulatova Sabine ten Doeschate said that the Ukrainian military could shoot down the Boeing by mistake, as it was with the Russian plane Tu-154 in 2001. She noted that though the Dutch Prosecutor's office believes this scenario is impossible, it is obvious that the Ukrainian military had access to more weapons, including missiles 9M38 and 9M38M1. The defense has requested in this regard to continue the investigation radar data to establish whether a military plane or a missile close to the passenger plane the day of the tragedy.

The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 has begun in the Netherlands March 9, 2020. On it are four defendants - Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatova on the court represents an international group consisting of two Dutch and one Russian lawyer. The other suspects tried in absentia.

Malaysian Boeing flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight MH17, crashed on July 17, 2014 under Donetsk. On Board were 298 people, they all died. Kiev has blamed the disaster militias, those announced that did not have the means that would shoot down aircraft at this altitude.

A joint investigation group (SSG) under the leadership of the Prosecutor General of the Netherlands without the participation of Russia are investigating the circumstances of the crash, had earlier presented the interim results. The investigation claims that Boeing was shot down by anti-aircraft missile complex "Buk", belonging to the 53rd antiaircraft missile brigade of the armed forces of the Kursk.

As stated by RIA Novosti Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Nikolai Vinnichenko, the Russian side handed over to the Netherlands not only the data of the Russian radars, but also documentation showing that the missile SAM "Buk" that struck the Boeing belonged to Ukraine, and she was fired from the territory controlled by Kiev, but this information, the investigators ignored. In the first hearing, the prosecution acknowledged that it has received and is studying the data of the Russian Prosecutor's office.

The Russian foreign Ministry said that the accusations of SSG in the Russian involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing unfounded and regrettable, the investigation is biased and one-sided. President Vladimir Putin noted that Russia does not allow for the investigation of the crash of the airliner in Eastern Ukraine, and Moscow may recognize the results of the investigation, if it is to be meaningful. All rocket motor which showed the Dutch Commission for the investigation of the crash MH17, was disposed of after 2011, said the Ministry of defense of Russia. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly stated that Moscow categorically rejects allegations of involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing.