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    Oct 12, 2015

    MH17 final report released tomorrow


    INTERNATIONAL investigators will release tomorrow their final report into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over war-torn Ukraine, but the burning question of who is to blame will remain unresolved.

    The Dutch Safety Board (OVV), leading a team of international investigators since the Boeing 777 went down last year, will release the report at 11.15am GMT.

    All 298 people on board - most of them Dutch - including the 15 crew members, died when the routine flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur was brought down, possibly by a missile, during heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists. Tomorrow's report - 15 months after the July 17, 2014 crash - will focus on four subjects, the Dutch board said.

    "The cause of the crash; the issue of flying over conflict areas; the question why Dutch... relatives of victims had to wait two to four days before receiving confirmation from the Dutch authorities that their loved ones were on board; and lastly, the question as to what extent the occupants of flight MH17 were conscious of the crash."

    But as the board has pointed out many times, it will not assign blame nor say who pulled the trigger.

    Kiev and the West have pointed the finger at the separatists, charging that they may have used a BUK surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia to blow the plane from the sky.

    The Russian maker of the BUK missile said it too will hold a press conference in Moscow tomorrow to explain the "real reasons" for the disaster after holding an "experiment" that entailed detonating a missile next to a plane.

    Fragments of a Russian-made BUK were found at the crash site earlier this year. But Moscow denies involvement and instead has accused Ukraine's military of being behind the tragedy.