Disinfo: Australian police confirmed authenticity of leaked documents about MH17

Summary

Some documents in the case of MH17 that were published by the platform Bonanza Media are authentic. This was confirmed by the press service of the Australian federal police.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the investigation of the downing of flight MH17.

The press service of the Australian Federal Police has not made any statements regarding the documents referred to by the Bonanza Media platform.

One of the latest police releases on the MH17 tragedy was from a press conference that announced the names of four suspects involved in the crash: three Russians and one Ukrainian citizen.

The results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team remain unchanged: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

Read other disinformation narratives alleging that The Netherlands is going to sabotage the MH17 trialThe MH17 trial will be a show process, and There was no BUK, MH17 crashed because of an explosion on board.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Australia, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Police, Donbas, MH17

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Disproof

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