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Relatives Of MH17 Victims Appeal To EU Over Radar Data, Intelligence

Frustrated relatives of people killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine have appealed to the European Union’s top diplomat to put pressure on Russia, Ukraine, and the United States to provide investigators with intelligence and radar data about the tragedy.

An international investigation is collecting evidence for criminal charges against those responsible for the July 17, 2014, tragedy that killed all 298 passengers and crew members aboard.

Russia and Ukraine blame each other for downing the Boeing 777.

A 15-month investigation concluded in 2015 by Dutch authorities said a Buk missile shot down the plane, but did not explicitly say who fired the missile.

However, it identified a 320-square-kilometer area where it said the launch must have taken place. All of that territory was controlled by Russia-backed separatists at the time.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on August 31 that Moscow has given all the intelligence and data it has to the international investigators.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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