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Kremlin dismisses investigative journalists’ report on causes of MH17 crash in Donbass


The Kremlin doubts the credibility of a report prepared by the expert-journalist group Bellingcat on the causes of the MH17 crash over Ukraine and urges to rely on official data provided by Russian experts, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

“I don’t know how true this information can be,” the Kremlin spokesman said, commenting on a report in the media claiming that the Boeing airliner had been shot down by a missile from a Russian antiaircraft missile system and giving the launcher’s number.

“Of course, a lot of information appears on this tragic Boeing and an overwhelming majority of this information is of speculative nature as persons juggle with some rumors and some fabricated data,” Peskov said.

“There are data, which were officially provided by Russian specialists, Russian experts and we urge, in the first place, to rely on these data,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

“There are also the data, which have not been disclosed up to date by some states – Ukraine and the United States – and which continue to evoke questions,” Peskov said.

“This is the situation, which can be officially stated. And I can’t say how true all these conclusions are and I won’t do this,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

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