Accusations against Russia of its involvement in the crash of flight MH17 are absurd

Summary

The charges against Russia made by the Joint Investigation Team on the results of the investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines airliner flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur are absurd. This is part of the information war launched against Russia in 2014. The tactics of this information war are another information dump, without proven facts.

Disproof

Another narrative about conspiracy theories against Russia and the non-involvement of the Russian military in the crash of the Boeing MH17.

In the Netherlands, on 19th June 2019, the Joint Investigation Team presented new findings of their investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines' Boeing-777 in the sky over the Donbas in 2014.  The suspects are three Russians: Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and a citizen of Ukraine, Leonid Kharchenko. According to international investigators, all the suspects at the time of the MH17 disaster were in the east of Ukraine, where they could play an important role in the tragedy. The same names were revealed during an investigation by the independent group Bellingcat.

The Security Service of Ukraine also announced its suspicions about the case. The international trial of the accused will begin in March 2020 in The Hague.

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  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: War crimes, Donbas, MH17
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @Channel One TV, (time 00:35)
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MH17 was shot down from territory under the control of the Ukrainian army

The experiments of Almaz-Antej, the largest manufacturer of anti-aircraft systems, including the Buk, confirmed that the Boeing MH17 was shot down from territory under the control of the Ukrainian army.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the shooting down of MH17 claiming that it happened in a territory controlled by Kyiv's forces.

The claims made by Buk manufacturer Almaz-Antey has been debunked already in 2015 by Bellingcat.

Anti-Russian sanctions have a positive effect

According to experts, as a result of sanctions, Russia lost about $50 billion, the EU – $240 billion, the USA – $17 billion, Japan – $27 billion. The sanctions have had a positive effect on the Russian economy, forcing the country to develop domestic production capacity and technology.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western sanctions on Russia. You can see other examples of this narrative on the 'illegitimate' and 'useless' sanctions against Russia here and here.

According to the Washington Post, sanctions imposed on Russia after the Crimea annexation and Russian meddling in the US elections sapped Russian economical growth, including very modest growth despite the rise in hydrocarbon prices, the stagnation of salaries and growing inflation.

[see comments RM] Anti-Russian sanctions should be lifted, they cause damage to the EU

Many of the representatives of the European Union make the statement that sanctions should be lifted, they cause damage to the EU. But when it comes to taking a decision, they automatically decide to extend the sanctions.

It is unlikely that it will come in the next two or three years, it will take five, and possibly more, years. They will lift the sanctions because they will understand their inefficiency and harm to their own countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia are unjust and ineffective. These claims are not backed by evidence. In reality, sanctions imposed on Russia by the US and EU, following the annexation of Crimea and Russian meddling in the US election, have sapped Russian economic growth.

Sanctions are already crippling Russia’s long-term economic prospects. The sanctions have stunted Russian economic growth and sapped the urban middle class of wealth and opportunity.