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July 17, 2019 marks the five years since the crash of flight MH-17 flight in the sky above Ukraine. It killed all 298 people who were on board the aircraft.

The investigation of the tragedy is still ongoing. The International Joint Team includes representatives from Ukraine, Australia, Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Malaysia.

Oleksandr Ruvin, director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute for Forensic Expertise, is the leader of the Ukrainian group of forensic specialists. The investigation involves the specialists of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute for Forensic Expertise on trace, ballistic, explosive, phonoscopic research and research of materials, substances and products as well as the specialists on design, production and operation of anti-aircraft missile weapons.

During the work of the International Joint Team together with Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise conducted an arena-test, investigations and expert field experiments on the territory of Ukraine.

According to Oleksandr Ruvin, director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, during the work of experts, dozens of photos and video materials were analyzed, including more than 100 phonoscopic examinations on the identification of persons based on voice calls during the crash. In the course of the examinations, it was possible to establish that the plane was shot down by the Buk missile system and its origin was identified during the identification of the plane fragments.

The conclusions of experts of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise on a number of studies conducted led to the general report of the International Joint Team, and Ukrainian specialists have repeatedly spoken at meetings of the Security Council of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise expresses sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims of this disaster.