The disaster deepened the already strained relations between Russia and the West.Among the casualties, the largest group were Dutch.
It would have been a hard piece of evidence to fake. Putin’s plane but hit the civilian airliner instead.
The evidence presented in the report strongly implicated the Russian authorities in a broad sense.
The inquiry was the most detailed investigation to date of the attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777 flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, from Amsterdam.
Fred Westerbeke, the chief investigator, said that some evidence was being withheld on Wednesday to avoid alerting suspects, and also that more information was needed to build an open-and-shut case against individual suspects and to diagram the chain of command behind the order to deploy and launch.“We cannot and do not want to tell you everything yet, as that might play into the perpetrators’ hands,” he said, according to a translation.
He invited witnesses from eastern Ukraine to come forward, saying they might be granted leniency in exchange for testimony. Westerbeke said, is a question “for the long haul.”The report brought to light intriguing new evidence of the missile launcher’s route from Russia to Ukraine and back to Russia, if not identifying precisely who ordered that journey.