- The Washington Times - Friday, October 9, 2015

The Russian manufacturer of the missile system blamed for taking down commercial flight MH17 in Ukraine said Friday it would unveil the “real reasons” for the disaster on Tuesday.

Almaz-Antey, the maker of the BUK surface-to-air missile system that western powers and Kiev believe downed the flight, said it would offer its own version of events at a press conference, to be held the same day Dutch investigators will present their final report on the tragedy after a 15-month probe, the Agence France Presse reported.

The manufacturer said it has conducted an “experiment” that entailed detonating a missile next to a plane.

Almaz-Antey said it would “present the results of a full-scale experiment, a real simulation of an encounter between a BUK-type missile and a passenger plane,” and said the test would “help understand the real causes of the catastrophe.”

All 298 people onboard the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 were killed when the plane was downed over Ukraine on July 17 last year.

Ukraine and the west have accused pro-Russian rebels in the region of shooting down the plane with a BUK missile supplied from Russia.

Investigators in the Dutch probe have said they found fragments at the crash site of a Russian surface-to-air missile.

Moscow has repeatedly denied those allegations, providing a range of conflicting theories, including the possibility of an air-to-air missile launched by a Ukrainian jet.

Almaz-Antey said in June that the BUK-M1 type of missile has not been produced in Russia since 1999 and is in the arsenal of Ukrainian armed forces, AFP reported.

The Dutch report findings set to be released next week will provide details about the tragedy but will not assign blame.

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