International investigators have found "strong indications" suggesting Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the missile transfer used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014, although there is not enough evidence for any further prosecutions.
The plane crash resulted in the death of all 298 passengers on board.
The investigation has been halted, as Putin has immunity and investigators are incapable of pursuing more suspects.
A joint investigation team, with representation from the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium, and Ukraine, concluded that the initial findings indicate that the Buk missile was transferred at a "presidential level.
" Dutch prosecutor Digna van Boetzelaer stated that "the investigation has now reached its limit.
All leads have been exhausted.
" The report indicates strong evidence of Putin's role in the incident, but insufficient evidence for a criminal conviction in this case.
Although several nations have blamed Russia, Moscow has always denied involvement in the MH17 incident.
The UK's Sky News emphasised that "while there are 'strong indications' Putin was involved in the decision to supply the missile, there is no realistic prospect of prosecuting the Russian leader.
" The Dutch prosecution team had previously said they had some evidence pointing to involvement at a high level in the Russian state.
However, Putin has claimed that Russia was not responsible for the 2014 incident.
The decision comes weeks after sweeping findings from the Dutch National Prosecution Service revealing that Russia is responsible for the crash.
Meanwhile, The Independent reported on the reason for closing this investigation, stating that the "High bar of conclusive evidence" has not been met.
Although there is significant evidence to support Russian involvement in the MH17 incident, this is one of several reasons why legal action has not been taken.
The Associated Press similarly noted that the team found the evidence of Putin's and other Russian officials' involvement "was not concrete enough to lead to a criminal conviction.
" As a result, Putin and other Russian officials will not be the subject of a criminal investigation in this case.