An international team of investigators announced Wednesday that Russian President approved the supply of anti-aircraft weapons to Ukrainian separatists who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014, killing all 298 onboard. The investigation team, made up of experts from the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium and Ukraine who examined the missile systems and those who authorized them. The MH17 flight was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on July 17, 2014, when it was shot out of the sky. Prosecutors now say that “there are strong indications that the Russian president decided on supplying” a Buk missile system to Ukrainian separatists. “A Buk system from the Russian military’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, based in the city of Kursk, was used to bring down MH17.”

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But prosecutor Digna van Boetzelaer said that without further Russian cooperation “the investigation has now reached its limit. All leads have been exhausted.”

According to Fox:

The announcement comes nearly three months after a Dutch court convicted two Russians and a Ukrainian rebel for their roles in shooting down the plane. One Russian was acquitted by the court.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, shown left during a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday, is accused of signing off on the supply of weaponry that was used to shoot MH17 out of the sky in July 2014. (AP/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

None of the suspects appeared for the trial and it was unclear if the three who were found guilty of multiple murders will ever serve their sentences.

The convictions and the court’s finding that the surface-to-air Buk missile came from a Russian military base were seen as a clear indication that Moscow had a role in the tragedy. Russia has always denied involvement. The Russian Foreign Ministry accused the court in November of bowing to pressure from Dutch politicians, prosecutors and the news media.

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