Latest information from the United States Intelligence indicate that Russia created conditions favourable to ensure the attack against the MH17, which killed 298 passengers, majority of which were Dutch. Earlier intelligence indicated that the attack came from pro-Russian rebels because intercepted communications indicated in the same day a plane they have shot down.
US Officials also said that complex equipment, such as surface-to-air missile launchers, need training, and Russian forces are involved in training the pro-Russian rebels to use weapons they have provided. Information also indicates that the Ukrainian military is yet to fight through airstrikes because the fighting in Donetsk and eastern Ukraine is still on the ground.
Russia had tried to present their theory regarding a Ukrainian Military Jet flying close to the MH17 and shooting it down near Torez at eastern Ukraine to debunk the surface-to-air missiles theory and their suspected sponsorship of the Donetsk rebels.
Social media intelligence posted by rebels in the past show a surface-to-air armament situated in Shizhne, which is not far from the Russian border. US intelligence indicates the missiles were fired from this town.
Meanwhile, Netherland investigators are currently studying the bodies of the passengers of the MH17. Malaysian officials have also retrieved the black boxes from the rebels surrounding the downed aircraft.