Malaysia rejects Russian involvement in MH17 downing

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Malaysia rejects Russian involvement in MH17 downing
FILE - In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 file photo, a man walks amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. An international team of investigators building a criminal case against those responsible in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is set to announce progress in the probe on Wednesday June 19, 2019, nearly five years after the plane was blown out of the sky above conflict-torn eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has rejected the implication that Russia may have been involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014.

Mahathir says he doesn’t think the findings of an international investigative team “is true at all” as it was based on hearsay.

He says Malaysia is “very unhappy because from the very beginning, it became a political issue on how to accuse Russia of the wrongdoing.”

The investigation team last year said it was convinced that the Buk missile system used to shoot down the aircraft came from the Russian army’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile brigade, based in the Russian city of Kursk.

On Wednesday, investigators charged with murder four people, including a prominent eastern Ukrainian separatist commander.