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Dutch, Australia ‘hold Russia liable’ for downing MH17

The Netherlands and Australia hold Russia responsible for the 2014 downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, Dutch officials said on Friday, in a move which could lead to legal action.

The two countries “hold Russia liable for its share of the downing” of the Malaysia Airlines flight, the Dutch government said in a statement, a day after investigators concluded the BUK missile which smashed into the plane in mid-air came from a Russian military brigade in Kursk.

All 298 people on board, mostly Dutch, were killed.