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MH17 crash: Ukraine frees key witness

A Ukrainian court has released from custody a potentially key witness to the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

Volodymyr Tsemakh was seized earlier this year from a separatist-held part of Ukraine.

He is reported to have played a key role in the rebels’ air defences.

On July 17 2014 the plane travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was struck by a missile over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people on board died.

The downing of the aircraft came amid intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Three years ago, international criminal investigators said the missile had been fired from separatist-controlled territory.

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