MH17 crash: US exposes Moscow's role

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Washington, July 23: Days after a Malaysian airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed separatists, US intelligence officials accused Russia of "creating the conditions" that resulted in the death of 298 people aboard flight.

On Tuesday, US administration released satellite images which shows how Moscow had trained and equipped rebels in Ukraine responsible for the attack.

According to the US intelligence community, the separatists shot the plane down by accident. The newinformation reaffirms that a missile from an SA-11 anti-aircraft battery in separatist territory shot down the plane.

According to the officials, the separatist proxies were trained by Russia to use air-defense weapons to shoot down aircrafts.

The US intelligence also submitted posts on social networking sites as evidence. "After it became evident that the plane was a civilian airliner, separatists deleted social media posts boasting about shooting down a plane and possessing a Buk (SA-11) surface-to-air missile system," a senior intelligence official said in the briefing, held on condition of anonymity, according to a Guardian report.

The intelligence officials said that in spite of mounting international pressure, Russia continues to provide arms and funds to the separatists.

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