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Buk manufacturer denies missile brought down MH17

The press conference watches a film of a demonstration. Credit: APTN

A Russian manufacturer has refuted claims that its Buk missiles were the cause of the MH17 air disaster.

ITV News understands that a report released by Dutch investigators will say that a warhead typically associated with the missile system hit the plane, causing it to come down over eastern Ukraine in July last year.

However, in a press conference shortly before the report's release, the Almaz-Antey manufacturer insisted its own results "completely disprove" such a conclusion.

Citing an "experiment" carried out by the state-controlled company, general director Yan Novikov claimed that if the plane was indeed shot down by a missile, it would have come from the Zaroshenske, a village Russia says was under the control of the Ukrainian government at the time.

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MH17 report finds plane hit by Russian-made missile, ITV News understands

Flowers are laid at the scene of last year's MH17 disaster Credit: Reuters

A report into the MH17 air crash will show that the plane was hit by a warhead of the type used on a Buk missile system, ITV News understands.

It is understood that the report by Dutch investigators will also show the missile hit above and to the left side of the cockpit, and those on board did not feel anything on its impact.

Buk missiles are developed in Russia, and have allegedly been used by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, where the plane came down.

The missile's manufacturer has already challenged investigators' view of events leading to the disaster.

MH17: Final report into disaster to be published

Richard Mayne (left) and Ben Pocock (right) died in the MH17 crash Credit: ITV News

The final report into what caused flight MH17 to crash will be published today.

A total of 298 people, including 10 Brits, were killed when the Malaysia Airlines plane was seemingly shot down over Ukraine last July.

Among the Britons killed were 20-year-old Richard Mayne from Leicester and Loughborough University student Ben Pocock.

Read: Richard Mayne's Father 'beyond devastated' over death of son

Read: Loughborough University pays tribute to 'excellent' student

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Original home of Ladybird books to be honoured

This year marks 100 years of the publication of the books Credit: ITV News

The original home of Ladybird books in Loughborough is being honoured with a Green Plaque today.

The public voted for the site in Angel Yard off Market Street to be recognised as part of the Leicestershire County Council awards scheme.

This year marks the centenary of the publication of the famous children's books.

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