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Russia Release Name of Key Witness in MH17 Crash in Ukraine

03.06.2015 16:46

Russian Investigation Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said Wednesday that the Russian Investigation Committee released the name of the person who saw the Malaysian Airlines flight downed over eastern Ukraine last year.

“The witness is a Ukrainian, Evgeniy Agapov, who served as a mechanic in the First Squadron Brigade of Tactical Aviation of the Ukrainian Air Force (Military Unit Number A4465). He is currently under state protection,” Markin said. The man said he had seen a Su-25 of the Ukrainian air force taking off from an airbase in eastern Dnepropetrovsk carrying air-to-air missiles and returning without them. It happened on the day of the MH17 crash. The witness was interviewed by the Russian Investigative Committee. 

Russia's air defense systems manufacturer Almaz-Antey said in its report during a press conference on Tuesday that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a Buk 9М38-М1 guided missile fired from the territory controlled by Ukrainian military.

According to a September preliminary report of the Dutch Safety Board, who headed the investigation, the plane was hit by multiple high-energy objects causing it to break up in mid-air. Results of the final report on the crash are expected to be announced by October 2015.

Ukrainian military and Donbass independence supporters have repeatedly blamed each other for the tragedy.