Disinfo: MH 17 BUK missile was delivered to the Soviet Republic of Ukraine and never returned to Russia

Summary

The Prosecutors of the JIT claim they have evidence that the Buk missile system was delivered from Russia to the Donetsk region in the days preceding the launch. Russia says this is false and presents evidence that the serial number of the Buk missile can be traced back to the 1980s. At that time it was transported to the Soviet Republic of Ukraine and remained there until the collapse of the USSR. But, according to the Russians, the joint investigative team, the JIT team, ignored this crucial missing piece of the puzzle.

Disproof

One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of the MH17 denying Russia's responsibility.

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 1 missing missile - went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24 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.

On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, consisting of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich GIRKIN, Sergey Nikolayevich DUBINSKIY, Oleg Yuldashevich PULATOV and Leonid Volodymyrovych KHARCHENKO for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering of 298 persons on board. The Public Prosecution Service alleges the four cooperated to obtain and deploy the BUK TELAR at the firing location with the aim of shooting down an aircraft. The public hearing took place on 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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17
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