The official statement of the US State Department representative on the MH17 crash

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Office of the Press Secretary, September 28, 2016

Statement by John Kirby, a representative of US State Department

*Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17*

The United States welcomes the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the
shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The Team’s interim findings corroborate Secretary Kerry’s statement in the days
following the tragedy that MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile fired
from Russian-backed, separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.

The Team found also that the BUK launcher was transported from Russia to
separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine before the incident, and returned to
Russia after the launcher was used to shoot down MH17.

While nothing can take away the grief of those who lost loved ones on that tragic
day, this announcement is another step toward bringing to justice those responsible
for this outrageous attack.

The United States will continue to work with the Joint Investigation Team in its
investigation.  We call on other states that are in a position to assist to
cooperate fully so those responsible are held accountable.

Information provided by the IAC press service of the US Embassy in Ukraine