May 24, 2018 / 5:17 PM / 25 days ago

Russia dismisses Dutch findings on downing of flight MH17 as baseless

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday dismissed Dutch allegations that a Russian military unit was the source of a missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 as baseless.

Dutch police officer Wilbert Paulissen, head of the National Crime Squad, is pictured next to a damaged missile as he presents interim results in the ongoing investigation of the 2014 MH17 crash that killed 298 people over eastern Ukraine, during a news conference by members of the Joint Investigation Team, comprising the authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, in Bunnik, Netherlands, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Dutch prosecutors identified a Russian military unit earlier on Thursday as the source of the missile that shot down the plane, killing all 298 people onboard.

The ministry said the prosecutors’ findings were based on fake data provided by bloggers and aimed at discrediting Russia.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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