Dutch probe: Malaysian jet downed by launcher from Russia

In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 file photo, people walk amongst the debris, at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine. Relatives of victims of the shooting-down of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over Ukraine more than two years ago were gathering Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 to learn the preliminary results of a Dutch-led criminal probe of the disaster that claimed 298 lives. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch-led criminal investigators say they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said Wednesday that communications intercepts showed pro-Moscow rebels had called for deployment of the mobile surface-to-air weapon, and reported its arrival in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.

From that and other evidence collected by the Joint Investigation Team, Paulissen told a news conference: “It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation.”