Disinfo: In the United States, they doubt the "BUK" version of the MH17 crash

Summary

In the United States, they doubt the “BUK” narrative of the MH17 crash. According to American analyst Sam Bullard, no blow from the outside can break down a liner so quickly.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of Flight MH17 and the MH17 criminal trial.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) concluded after thorough forensic analysis of the wreck that Flight MH17 was shot down by a BUK missile system that belonged to the Russian army and that the place where the missile was launched was controlled by the separatists at the time. The JIT consists of investigators from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, and Ukraine. The U.S government supports the JIT investigation.

On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service is prosecuting Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The trial began on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands. The hearings are broadcasted in a video on the website of the trial.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Malaysia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Missile defence system, War in Ukraine, MH17
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On January 13., 1991, during an armed confrontation near the TV tower in Vilnius, 14 people died and more than 600 were injured. The Prosecutor General’s Office of Lithuania claims without any evidence that victims were killed by Soviet soldiers.

Disproof

The case contains historical revisionism and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the events of January 13th, 1991.

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Disproof

This is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine is under external control.

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The Western elite and their Ukrainian puppets set up MH17 crash

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Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of Flight MH17. No serious expert view the “Western Elites” as responsible for the crash.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with one missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.