World Bulletin / News Desk
At a news conference in The Hague, Netherlands, the joint investigation team (JIT) said the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 resembled another Russian-made Buk missile that crossed into Ukraine from the Russian city Kursk four weeks prior to the incident.
The team said a Russian 53rd anti-aircraft brigade was in possession of the missile.
The team added that the assailant would be announced once the investigation is completed.
The Kuala Lumpur-bound flight from Amsterdam was shot down above the troubled state of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, claiming the lives of 298 people.
In an interim report released in September 2016, the JIT determined that Flight MH17 was brought down from the pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine. Most of the dead were Dutch nationals.
Interim JIT findings confirmed an earlier technical report by the Dutch Safety Board that the aircraft was undeniably hit by a surface-to-air missile.
The JIT's report also said the launch site was located near Pervomaiskyi -- a city in Kharkiv, Ukraine which was under the control of pro-Russian rebels at the time.