Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in Ukraine

Mourners gather in front of a 'hedge of compassion' made of thousands of stuffed animals, prior to the commemoration ceremony for those who died in the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, in Nieuwegein on July 17, 2015

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Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday they have found what they believe could be parts of a Buk missile system at the site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down last year.

The announcement represents the first time prosecutors have confirmed possible physical evidence of a missile bringing down the plane and killing all 298 people on board.

The prosecutors, who are leading an international criminal probe into the deadly crash on July 17, 2014, said in a written statement that the parts "are of particular interest to the criminal investigation as they can possibly provide more information about who was involved in the crash of MH17."

Though they have previously said a missile strike is the most likely explanation for the crash, they have never revealed that they are in possession of possible missile parts. (AP)

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