Disinfo: MH17 court decision is absurd: Ukraine shot down the plane on purpose

Summary

It is absurd. The militia and the Russian Armed Forces were in no way involved in the incident. The downing of the plane in the 2014 was organised by Ukrainian and Western intelligence services. The Boeing was deliberately directed over to the war zone and was shot down by Ukraine. Human sacrifice was planned!

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation about downing of flight MH17 and attempt to discredit the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) and the criminal trial.

The verdict of the court published on 17 November 2022 was based on strong pieces of evidence and alternative scenarios were excluded based on the evidence.

The Court in its ruling stated that there is no doubt that the MH17 was hit by a Buk missile fired from a farm field near Pervomaiskyi in Ukraine. This field was located in separatist-controlled territory. "This is clear from photographs of a smoke trail in the sky, statements by a protected witness, satellite images, intercepted telephone conversations and transmission mast data, photographs and videos of a Buk TELAR being brought in and removed, and examination of fragments in the remains of a crew member and in the truss and the groove of the aircraft. Investigation in the Netherlands and abroad has not revealed any traces of evidence tampering. Alternative scenarios, for example that the Buk missile was fired from a different area, are ruled out based on the evidence," stated in the final verdict.

EU HRVP Josep Borrell called the verdict "an important first step on the path of truth and accountability." He also stressed that the "EU reiterates its call on Russia to accept its responsibility in this tragedy and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigations."

See here and here for further debunking by Bellingcat and Polygraph.info, respectively and our interview with the Dutch Safety Board, tasked with investigating the cause of the crash of MH17.

Read more disinformation cases about the downing of the flight MH17.

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  • Reported in: Issue 318
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/11/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17, War in Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Donbas, Anti-Russian

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MH17 court admitted the eastern Ukraine conflict is internal

The court overseeing the MH17 case ruled that the crash occurred in the course of a non-international conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

The claim is a blunt misrepresentation of the verdict of the court in the Hague and it advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives denying Russia’s responsibility for the MH17 disaster and the country’s involvement in the war in Ukraine.

Contrary to Sputnik's false claim, the 17 November 2022 verdict, issued by the Hague District Court, see the official-summary of the ruling states:

Ukraine and Poland tried to provoke a direct clash between Russia and NATO

Ukraine and Poland tried to provoke a direct clash between Russia and NATO with the missile incident. The absolutely irresponsible statements made by the leadership of these two states cannot be perceived in another way.

Disproof

Unfounded statement. This claim was made in connection with the recent missile accident in Poland. On 15 November 2022, S-300 missile entered the Polish airspace from the territory of Ukraine, killing two Polish civilians. According to the US and Polish officials, the missile was fired by the Ukrainian air defence troops, which tried to fight with a large-scale Russian missile attack taking place on 15 November 2022. According to the statement of Polish President Andrzej Duda, this situation is an “unfortunate accident” which is a result of a massive Russian missile attack on Ukraine. According to Nato's position, “Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine”.

At the same time, the Polish authorities and NATO representatives underline that this missile accident was not a deliberate attack on Poland and “there are no indications that Russia is preparing offensive military actions against NATO”.

The court decision on MH17 challenges the integrity of the Dutch judicial system

The Dutch court's decision on the crash of Flight MH17 in Ukraine challenges the integrity of the Dutch judicial system. The results of the investigations was based on a political request to support the hypothesis of Russia's involvement in the disaster, under unprecedented pressure from the Dutch politicians, prosecutors and the media.

All the conclusions of the Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office were based on the testimonies of eyewitnesses whose names were not mentioned and whose identities were not revealed, and on questionable statements, including from a party with vested interest, that is, the Ukrainian Security Service. The court did not pay attention to the defence's arguments about the lack of corroborating evidence that the plane was shot down by the Russian-made Buk missile system, and to the documents of the Russian Ministry of Defense regarding the missile.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation about downing of flight MH17 and an attempt to discredit the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) and the criminal trial. This claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.

The verdict of the court published on 17 November 2022 was based on strong evidence.

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