There were Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile systems and an Su-25 attack plane in the flight path of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that was downed in the Donetsk region on July 17, Lt. Gen. Andrei Yudin, the commander of the 4th Command of the Russian Air Force and Air Defense Forces, told Interfax on Thursday.
"It is a fact that the downed Malaysian plane was within the range of Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile systems, which were present there. We don't know whether they were operational or not," Yudin said.
Radar systems of Russia's Southern Federal District also detected an attack plane in the Boeing's flight path, he said.
"Radar systems of the 4th Command of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces were tracking this Boeing, and their materials have become part of a report submitted by the Russian Defense Ministry," he said.
Yudin impartiality questioned of the members of a commission investigating the crash.
"In the current situation, there can be no impartial investigation," he said.
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