Disinfo: Leaked documents reveal there was no BUK TELAR near MH17 crash site

Summary

The crash of the Malaysian passenger Boeing in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 occurred in an area where there was not a single Buk anti-aircraft missile system. This was reported with reference to a document by the Netherlands Military Intelligence and Security Service on Monday, February 17. New media reports on the circumstances of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in the skies over the Donbas in July 2014 cast doubt on the position of an international investigation team that accused Russia of involvement in the tragedy. This once again shows that there is still a huge number of issues that seriously question such a biased position, which has already been voiced many times.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative aiming to discredit the International Joint Investigation (JIT) into the downing of flight MH17. The allegedly leaked documents do not contradict the findings of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). According to the Russian investigative journalism site The Insider, the documents list the coordinates of the points where the Ukrainian and Russian Buk-M1 systems known to intelligence were located and conclude that none of them could have brought down the Malaysian airliner. However, it is not an exhaustive list of BUK missiles that could have been located in the area of the disaster. See further reporting by the Insider. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) - which is comprised of the the Dutch Public Prosecution Service officials and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine - has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT), has 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 investigation conducted by the JIT the Dutch Public Persecution service will persecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled for 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands. 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. For further cases on MH17, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: The Netherlands, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: MH17
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The MH17 trial will be a show process

The MH17 trial will be indeed a show process, where the accused are already proven guilty by the Western media and politicians.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory attempting to undermining the Joint International Investigation of the downing of the flight MH17.

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines 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.

There is no evidence of Russian intelligence activity in Ireland

According to the Times, teams of Russian (GRU) agents have been dispatched to Ireland to map undersea fiber-optic cables, with a view to “cutting communications in time of conflict.” A damning indictment that sounds suspiciously like a spy flick.

From the 1980s Hollywood premise you would almost believe the Russian agents would hoist a red flag atop one of these cables and dance the Troika along the Irish shore, but apparently they didn’t, leaving the Times without evidence of this supposed Russian meddling.

Disproof

This case is an example of Hahaganda, a common tactic in pro-Kremlin disinformation aimed at discrediting an opponent's claims through sarcasm and ridicule.

The article in the Times is based on an assessment of the Irish security services of an operation that took place in 2019, in which Russia intended to use technology to monitor data exchanges on the underseas cables to give Moscow an insight into internet communications. The agents in question were also monitored mapping Dublin Port, resulting in security increases at a number of landing sites around the Irish coastline.

French police were unbelievably reactive to arrest Russian asylum seeker

French Police arrested Pyotr Pavlensky, on Friday 14th of February, the very same day that the candidate to become Mayor of Paris supported by Emmanuel Macron resigned from the campaign. The reactivity of the police was astonishing against this asylum seeker from Russia who published material denouncing the “hypocrisy” of the candidate and former minister Benjamin Griveaux. He publicly declared that he was taking care of his children and that family life was important for him though he had an extra-marital relationship and part of his correspondence including of sexual content was published on the blog to prove the point.

Disproof

The real chronology of the events around Benjamin Griveaux is different. The post in the blog of Pyotr Pavlensky was published on Wednesday, February 12th. The next day, the article was spread among journalists and on Friday 14th the post and the sexual content was well spread in the public and Benjamin Griveaux announced that he renounced to lead the LREM list for the municipal election in Paris. In the evening the Blog of Pyotr Pavlensky was disabled after it reached more than one million direct readers not counting the reposts on social media. On Saturday 15th, Pyotr Pavlensky was arrested at 17:21 in Boulogne. He was released from custody after being indicted on Tuesday 18th.