Disinfo: No aces in the West’s hands in MH-17 case


A court case will start concerning the downing of flight MH-17 in The Hague in March. Recently, the Dutch-led investigative group has not been able to come up with any new evidence in this case. There are more and more spectacular statements accusing Russia and revolutionaries in the Donbass for the downing of the jet.

While Dutch investigators have been unable to bring any new evidence, indirect facts have surfaced that suggest the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) had something to do with the downing of the Malaysian Boeing. Based on this, we can say that the tragedy was not simple negligence but an operation specifically benefiting Kiev and Washington, “who has not shown the world the satellite image ever since.”

Expert Yuri Antipov reviewed the photos taken at the crash site and found that no “BUK missile” was involved in the accident, instead, he said, the “characteristics of the debris” suggest there was an explosion on the inside. A bomb was likely placed on the flight back in Amsterdam.


Recurring disinformation about the downing of MH-17. Theories that the accident was a plot to blame Russia, the involvement of Ukraine and that there is evidence a bomb exploded inside the plane have been among the many disinformation narratives the Kremlin have spread about the tragedy since 2014.

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. The JIT 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 JIT has 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 Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT), has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17, originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

The prosecution of 4 suspects begins on 9th of March 2020, as decided by the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office (PPO), which has the unanimous support of the investigation authorities of the other countries in the Joint Investigation Team (JIT): Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. The PPO will present the case to an independent court in a public hearing under the Dutch legal system.

See previous disinformation narratives alleging that MH17 was a false flag attack, planned by British and Ukrainian security agencies, that Ukraine conceals evidence confirming its guilt, while Ukrainian secret service manipulated a sound recording in the MH17 investigation.


  • Reported in: Issue184
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17


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