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US backs report that Russian missile downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Published:Wednesday | September 28, 2016 | 12:00 PM
In this Tuesday, October 13, 2015 file photo, journalists take images of part of the reconstructed forward section of the fuselage after the presentation of the Dutch Safety Board's final report into what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to break up high over Eastern Ukraine last year.

  NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP):
The United States State Department says it backs the findings of the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The team found that MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, by a Buk surface-to-air missile fired from Russian-backed, separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. It also says the Buk launcher came from Russia into Ukraine and was sent back to Russia after it shot down MH17.

In a statement, the agency says Wednesday "while nothing can take away the grief of those who lost loved ones on that tragic day, this announcement is another step toward bringing to justice those responsible for this outrageous attack."

It said the US will keep working with the Joint Investigation Team in its MH17 investigation and urged other nations to do so as well.