MH17 calls ‘show ties between Russian officials, rebels’

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Updated November 15, 2019, 10:12 AM

By Agence France-Presse

International investigators looking into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine released intercepted phone calls on Thursday showing close links between “high-ranking” Russian officials and rebel suspects facing trial over the crash.

The passenger plane travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a Russian-made BUK missile in 2014 over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board (AFP Photo/DOMINIQUE FAGET / MANILA BULLETIN)

The probe said the recordings raised questions about the possible involvement of key Kremlin officials — including Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and a top aide to President Vladimir Putin — in the deployment of the missile that shot down the Malaysia Airlines plane in 2014.

The intercepts also showed that

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