Final report on downing of MH17 to be released Tuesday

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The Dutch Safety Board on Monday was winding up its investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine which killed all 298 people on board.

The report, to be presented Tuesday at the military airport of Gilze-Rijen in the country’s south, is to answer whether the Boeing jet was struck by a Russia-made ground-to-air Buk missile.

The aeroplane was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at the time of the July 17, 2014, crash. The Netherlands has taken the lead in the investigation, since most of the dead were Dutch nationals.

Relatives of the dead are to be informed first of the report’s conclusions.

Investigators have long said it is most likely that the Boeing 777 was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have fought Ukrainian forces for more than a year.

Rocket parts found in August appeared to belong to a Buk missile.

The safety board however will not reveal who was responsible for the crash, which is instead expected to be revealed by a Dutch-led legal investigation in the coming year.

Participating in the investigation were experts from the Netherlands, the Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia, the United States, Britain and Russia. For its part, Russia had expressed great doubts as to the independence of the investigation.

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