Disinfo: Kyiv hid the primary data of the MH17 crash from the investigation

Summary

Kyiv hid the primary data of the MH17 crash from the investigation. Dutch prosecutor said that Ukraine has not provided primary data from radars concerning the Boeing crash in the sky over Donbas in 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the MH17 crash.

There is no evidence that Kyiv hid the primary data about the crash of the Malaysian Boeing from the investigation. Dutch prosecutor Thijs Berger did not say that Kyiv was hiding evidence. According to him, the investigation was not able to obtain data because one of the radars was in the territory beyond the control of Kyiv and was turned off, and the second radar under the village of Artemivsk was damaged during the fighting. This was also confirmed by other Russian media.

The special team known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was established to conduct the criminal inquiry into the downing of flight MH17. The JIT comprises officials from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.

After years of painstaking investigation, the JIT has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a BUK-TELAR missile of the 9M38 series, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by Russian armed formations. The BUK-TELAR missile was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after being used to shoot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The JIT concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

On the basis of the JIT investigation, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service is prosecuting three Russians and one Ukrainian for shooting down MH17 and murdering all 298 persons on board: Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko. The first session of the court proceedings started on the 9th of March in the Hague.

The European Union and NATO have called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the BUK installation that was used to down MH17. The two governments are formally holding Russia accountable.

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  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17
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