Putin likely complicit in downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, investigators say

The reconstructed cockpit of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
(Image credit: Piroschka van de Wouw - Pool/Getty Images)

International investigators said Wednesday they had found evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin was connected to pro-Russian separatists that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in 2014.

Members of the Joint Investigation Team in The Hauge, Netherlands, said there were "strong indications that the Russian president decided on supplying" a Buk missile system to Russian separatists stationed in eastern Ukraine. This system was later used to shoot down MH17, a passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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