An infamous Russian unit that downed a civilian plane in 2014 was active in Ukraine


People walk amid the debris at the crash site of the Flight MH17 passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, on July 17, 2014.

A secretive Russian military unit, known for its part in the deaths of hundreds of civilians on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly a decade ago, was fighting in eastern Ukraine, NPR uncovered.

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