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Weapon fired at MH17 could only be from Russia, Poroshenko says

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 16:40
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pointed the finger at Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the anniversary of what he called a "ruthless terrorist attack" by separatists on a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane.

[MINSK] Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pointed the finger at Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the anniversary of what he called a "ruthless terrorist attack" by separatists on a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane.

Flight MH17 was downed from territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by rebels and using a weapon that could only have come from Russia, Mr Poroshenko said on Friday in a statement on his website marking the July 17, 2014, crash, in which all 298 people on board died. The victims included 198 Dutch citizens and 38 Australians.

"It would not have happened without participation, without a direct order from the highest political and military leadership of the neighboring state," Mr Poroshenko said. Those responsible would be found and punished, he said.

It's "premature and counterproductive" to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of shooting downm the plane, Mr Putin said in a phone call with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday.

The US and other countries have accused pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine of shooting down the airliner using a BUK surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia, which has denied any involvement and suggested the Ukrainian army may have downed the plane.

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