On July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 fell from the sky over eastern Ukraine. Speculation from the beginning was that the plane was shot down by Russians, an accusation which Vladimir Putin vehemently denied.
But, a new report following the Dutch investigation found that the plane was indeed shot down by a surface-to-air missile from a Russian-made Buk system.
Authorities with the Dutch Safety Board said that all 298 people on board the flight died instantly. Ukrainian officials were also blamed for their failure to close the airspace in that part of the country as the armed conflict in the area was underway.
Russian officials released their own investigation findings absolving themselves of any responsibility in the downing of the civilian aircraft. They stated that the damage patterns confirmed that the missile could not have been fired from one of their arsenal. In addition, they contend that the missile was fired from an area controlled by the Ukraine.
A spokesman for the National Security Council, Ned Price, said that the United States is convinced that Russia was behind the shooting down of the Malaysian plane over the Ukraine. Price said in a statement, “Our assessment is unchanged: MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.”
Representatives of Russia, Ukraine, the United States and three other countries were part of the Dutch-led investigation team.