Disinfo: MH17: JIT ignores Russian irrefutable evidence

Summary

There is no proof of implications of Russia in the destruction of MH17, and the accusations made against Russia are unfounded.

The Joint Investigative Team (JIT) ignores the fact that the Russian side has proved that the missile that fired the Malaysian Boeing 777 into the Donbass belonged to the armed forces of Ukraine. 

 

Disproof

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR missile launcher, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy. At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. Read more about the official investigation results here.

In May 2018, investigators of the JIT, leading the official investigation of the death of MH17, presented fragments of a rocket engine with a unique serial number 9032 found at the crash site of Boeing in the Donetsk region. Then, in May, the JIT group asked the Russian side to provide all the data concerning the engine found. Four months later, on September 17 2018, lieutenant-general of artillery Nikolai Parshin and press secretary of the Russian Defense Ministry Igor Konashenkov held their own briefing. They showed several documents mentioning the rocket engine No. 9032. As stated by the generals, on December 26, 1986, an engine with this number was installed in the Buk anti-aircraft missile system with a unique number 8720 and sent to military unit of the 20152 military unit in the Ternopil region in western Ukraine.

Novaya Gazeta noted that in the “restored original form”, the day of the document production is January 14, 1986, while the release of the rocket engine 9032 dated December 26, 1986. This discrepancy generates questions about the authenticity of the "irrefutable evidence".

The ”evidence” provided by Russia is not only fabricated, but also incompatible. In fact, the second presentation of ”proof” by the Russian Defence Ministry even debunked their first batch of ”evidence”. For further information see here. Another case of faked "evidence" was the infamous Carlos-case.

Recurring competing and contradictory stories promoted by Russian state-controlled media on MH17. Read more here.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17
  • Outlet: Sputnik FR
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US has pushed Russia to violate the INF Treaty

The US has pushed  Russia to violate the INF Treaty.

By deploying the Aegis missile defence system the US has compelled Moscow to develop  the 9M729 missile system and violate the INF Treaty.

The Aegis missile defence system, deployed by the US  in Eastern Europe, violates the INF Treaty because it could also be used  offensively, to launch cruise missiles. A Pentagon report states that with only minor modifications the Aegis system can be transformed from a defensive into an offensive system.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about missile defence systems.

The Aegis missile defence system (Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence System) is not in violation of the INF Treaty. The US State Department issued a detailed rebuttal of Russian allegations of US noncompliance with the INF Treaty in 2018. Moreover, in December 2017 NATO affirmed that the US is in full compliance with the INF Treaty, and that Russia possesses a new missile system that aroused “serious concerns”.

The British government has not provided any proof in the Skripal case

The government of Theresa May has not provided any credible and verifiable proof on the Skripal Case, neither to Russia, nor the public; not even to the EU or Britain’s allies in NATO.

 

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative denying that Russia has anything to do with the poisoning and attempted murder of former Russian GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yuliya in Salisbury. The pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign disseminated over 20 different and often mutually contradictory theories about the attack in Salisbury (more here).

UK police and intelligence investigations have produced hard evidence which is sufficient to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. These two individuals have been established as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU. More UK public documents/statements on the case here and here.

Tit for Tat: Sweden retaliates with accusations of air space violations after Russian fighter intercepts Swedish spy plane

The Russian Ministry of Defence published a video, demonstrating how a Russian fighter jet intercepts a Swedish spy plane over the Baltic Sea near Kaliningrad. Sweden has answered with accusing, without evidence, Russian military aircraft, of violating its airspace.

Disproof

Incorrect timeline. Sputnik Estonia and other Russian state media outlets describe the Swedish accusations as a retaliation to the Russian video, published January 24. The Swedish Armed Forces published their report (in Swedish) on Russian air space violations the day before, January 23.