Disinfo: MH17 wasn’t hit by a BUK missile, the Netherlands politicised the case

Summary

An expert pointed to facts that exclude a missile from hitting flight MH17.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been investigating for many years the circumstances of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing Flight MH17, that crashed in the Donbas in 2014. However, despite the wide resonance of this tragedy and the international support of the investigation, the Netherlands still has not been able to compile an objective picture of the disaster, preferring to fit the facts under the anti-Russian version of this clearly politicised case.

This is a reason for the technical expert Yuri Antipov to engage in an independent investigation to establish the true cause of the crash. On his Facebook page, the expert cited a selection of photo reports depicting individual elements of the destroyed Boeing, contradicting the main version of JIT, who have been imposing the version of the mythical “BUK” on the whole world for six years.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the MH17 crash, aiming to undermine the Joint International Investigation and subsequent criminal trial.

There years ago, this same Russian 'independent expert', Yuriy Antipov, claimed that MH-17 crashed because of an explosion on board. He claimed that a bomb was planted on the aeroplane in the Netherlands. Also, in 2017, Antipov said that a BUK missile system, shown on videos by the Investigation Team (JIT), was brought there by Ukrainian forces.

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct an impartial criminal investigation into the downing of 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.

The criminal investigation was obliged to meet the standards set for an investigation in the Netherlands and other participating countries. This means that the JIT has agreed upon the rules and how the evidence should be collected in other countries. The cooperation in the JIT has made it possible for Dutch and Australian police officers to work on Ukrainian territory, together with Ukrainian investigating officers.

In order to ascertain the cause of the crash, the JIT investigated all human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft. In addition, they sought, and heard from, 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.

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 minus one missile. The public hearing started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

For our overview and analysis of disinformation narratives around the downing of MH17, click here.

Read a similar case: "Disinfo: MH-17 wasn't hit by a BUK missile".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, MH17

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