Russian military says had nothing to do with downing of flight MH17 — Ifax

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REUTERS BRIEF: MOSCOW (May 24): Russia's defence ministry said on Thursday that it had nothing to do with the downing of a plane over eastern Ukraine in 2014, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

Dutch prosecutors investigating the disaster said earlier on Thursday that a missile system from the 53rd anti-aircraft brigade of the Russian Armed Forces had been used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. All 298 people on board — two thirds of whom were Dutch — were killed.

The Russian military denied any Russian missile complex had ever crossed the border between Russia and Ukraine, TASS news agency reported.