Disinfo: MH17 crashed due to an explosion on board

Summary

Western investigative groups disregarded numerous details that could have altered the results of the investigation. There were three explosions on board prior to the crash, thanks to home-made bombs on board that were activated from a distance.

Disproof

One of many recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the MH17 crash attempting to discredit the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and suggest alternative explanations for the crash to obscure the truth.

The JIT came to the conclusion 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. 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. According to the JIT, the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17 originated from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

Based on the investigation conducted by JIT, 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 MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The first session of the court proceedings started on March 9 2020 in the Netherlands.

The European Union and NATO have called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and co-operate in order to establish accountability. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are formally holding Russia accountable for this disaster. The US has supported the decisions of the Netherlands and Australia.

See similar cases like that the MH17 disaster was carefully planned by Ukraine and Western intelligence agencies and that the JIT chose to ignore Russian evidence of the MH17 crash.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Hungary
  • Keywords: MH17
  • Outlet: NewsFront Hungary
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Germany admitted that they lied about coronavirus

The Minister of Health of Germany admitted that he lied about coronavirus and there is no control over the outbreak in the country. He admitted that the country has an epidemic of coronavirus, and panic began in Berlin.

Disproof

This is a manipulation of a statement by the Minister of Health of Germany, Jens Spahn, designed to spread panic. The German Minister of Health has indeed announced that he expects a serious spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing COVID-19 in the country. “We are at the beginning of the coronavirus epidemic in Germany,” he said. However, he also announced the creation of a crisis headquarters in the country. First of all, it is about stopping the chains of infection by already infected people, both within Germany and from abroad. Moreover, Minister of Health Jens Spahn emphasised that in about 80 percent of virus detection, the COVID-19 disease effects are mild or even symptom-free.

As of 16 March 2020, 6 012 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been confirmed in Germany. German experts currently rate public health risks as high in Germany. 

Brussels uses Russophobia as a uniting idea to prevent the EU’s collapse

Following the destruction of Iraq and Libya by the EU and NATO as instructed by the US, the EU faced large flows of refugees from the Middle East and Northern Africa. The increase in popularity of Euroscepticism due to the migration crisis posed a challenge to the EU’s existence. To address it, Brussels took Russophobia as a cementing idea. Lately it has taken the form of history falsifications, especially when it comes to WWII. Following Brexit, only those countries remain in the EU which either fought against the USSR with Hitler, or supported the Nazis economically. Since at the moment of the Nazi Germany invasion against the USSR in 1941, the largest European economies were under Germany, the USSR was de facto attacked by a united Europe headed by Adolf Hitler.

Disproof

This is conspiracy and a mix of groundless claims and manipulations aimed to discredit the EU and the West as a whole. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives about ubiquitous Russophobia. Read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and look at earlier disinformation cases, alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network.

The message also uses the accusation of Nazism and alleged association to Hitler, which is one of the commonly used techniques of pro-Kremlin outlets, as explained in our past analysis.

Europe justifies the Munich Agreement with Hitler

Until recently it was unthinkable that the fierce debates on the reasons and consequences of WWII will take place in Europe, which equates the USSR and Nazi Germany. And is doing it as if there was no “Munich” before the “Pact”. Where to find objective history? The truth is revealed in a Cambridge Scholars Publishing book called “History of International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy in the 20th Century”. It restores realism in international relations.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany throughout 1930s.

The Munich Agreement (signed 30 September 1938), did indeed permit German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. World War II began in Europe on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, knowing that the Soviet Union did not oppose them and would also invade Poland from the east. Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on 3 September.