West may handle MH17 probe - Yatseniuk

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IOL pic july18 malaysia airlines crash site ukraine Reuters An Emergencies Ministry official inspects the site of a Malaysia Airlines plane crash near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Picture: Maxim Zmeyev

Kiev - Ukraine is willing to hand over co-ordination of an investigation into the Malaysian airliner crash to international partners but Kiev is convinced the plane was shot down by “professionals”, Ukraine's prime minister said on Monday.

“Ukraine is ready to hand over a co-ordinating role in the investigation into the tragedy to our Western partners. And the Netherlands could head that process,” Arseny Yatseniuk told a news conference.

“At the moment, we have no doubt that the plane was shot down. The reason for it - a missile strike most likely from a BUK-M1 (SA-11 radar guided missile system).

“It is clear that this system could not be operated by drunk pro-Russian terrorists. There were professional people,” he said, referring to Kiev's charge Moscow had a clear role in shooting down the plane. - Reuters

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