Donetsk, Mar 2 – DAN. The fragments found in Makeyevka in early February belong to Buk anti-aircraft system munition, DPR Prosecutor General’s Office Investigation Department confirmed to Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.
“According to the Interior Ministry’s expert examination centre, the metal pieces had been one whole, namely ZUR 9M38M1, a BUK missile,” a prosecutor said.
The Prosecutor General’s Office showed DAN a list of the fragments taken to the expert examination centre and their photos.
The missile’s airborne target destruction range and altitude are 3.5 km to 30 km and 25 meters to 20 kilometers, respectively. The hexogen-TNT based explosive masses 33.5 kilograms, according to the documents.
The prosecutor said the expert examination findings would be attached to the criminal case filed over planning, unleashing and waging a war against Donbass by top Ukrainian officials.
Earlier, DPR Operations Command said Ukrainian forces had used a Buk air defence missile system to fire at an OSCE unmanned aerial vehicle in Avdeyevka area overnight to 1 February. Buk missile fragments were found near Hospital No 5 in Makeyevka’s Chervonogvardeiskiy district.*jk