Putin Implicated In 2014 Downing Of Malaysian Airliner

The Washington Post reports:

Dutch prosecutors said Wednesday that it was likely Russian President Vladimir Putin personally signed off on a decision to supply long-range antiaircraft missiles systems to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine before they shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014, killing all 298 passengers and crew.

However, while the prosecutors said they had documented “strong indications” of Putin’s personal role in the decision, they said their evidence “was not concrete enough” for a new prosecution.

In November, two former Russian state security officers and a Ukrainian separatist leader were convicted of murder in the case though they were never arrested or extradited. Dutch authorities have been in charge of the investigation because the flight originated in Amsterdam.

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