Disinfo: MH17: JIT falsified evidence confirming that Ukrainian BUK is behind MH17 crash

Summary

The Joint Investigation Team working on the MH17 case does not hesitate in falsifying data in order to assign responsibility to the Russian Federation.

[…] representatives of the DPR recorded the detection of rocket fragments with hull number 886847379. Judging by the marking, the projectile was listed at the military unit 20152 located in the Lviv region (Ukraine). In addition, the militia managed to fix the frequency at which the Kupol radar system that interacted along with the Buk air defence system. All this information, indicating the involvement of Kyiv in the plane crash, was ignored by the JIT.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17 and the subsequent Joint International Investigation. 

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 in 2014. The team 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 proof that any of the evidence has been manipulated or falsified by the JIT. In order to find out the cause of the crash, the Joint Investigation Team investigated all human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft found in the vicinity of the disaster site. The traces were secured and investigated and compared by experts. In addition, the JIT sought and heard witnesses and experts, analysed radar and satellite images, assessed large amounts of telecom data such as intercepted telephone conversations and analysed big data. Read more about the investigation here.

In September 2018, the Russian Ministry of Defence presented an allegation that MH17 could have been downed by a Ukrainian BUK missile system. The JIT took note of the information presented and promised to "meticulously study the materials as soon as the Russian Federation makes the relevant documents available to the JIT as requested in May 2018 and required by UN Security Council resolution 2166". On this occasion, the JIT also notified that it has always analysed information presented by the Russian Federation, but the latter was usually "factually inaccurate on several points". An example is the alleged presence of a fighter plane in the vicinity of MH17 on radar imagery presented to the public on a press conference in July 2014.

Based on the investigation, the JIT 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. 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 public hearing started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

You can see other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on the MH17 case in our database, such as claims that the JIT tampered with the evidence; that the plane was not downed by a BUK missile, but rather by a Ukrainian fighter; that the plane crash was triggered by an explosion on board; that the trial in The Hague is not justice but information warfare; that Moscow-supplied radar data was rejected; or that the MH17 crash was planned by Ukrainian, American, and Dutch intelligence agencies.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, MH17
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Disproof

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Disproof

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MH17: Evidence collected by JIT could have been fabricated

Evidence from the MH17 crash, including that collected at the scene of the incident, could have been fabricated.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

There is no proof that any of the evidence has been manipulated or falsified by the JIT. In order to find out the cause of the crash, the Joint Investigation Team investigated all human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft found in the vicinity of the disaster site. The traces were secured and investigated and compared by experts. In addition, the JIT sought and heard witnesses and experts, analysed radar and satellite images, assessed large amounts of telecom data such as intercepted telephone conversations and analysed big data. Read more about the investigation here.