Disinfo: No Evidence of Russians’ Involvement in MH17 Disaster

Summary

There is no evidence that can prove the involvement of Russians in the MH17 crash.

Disproof

The investigation is not yet concluded, but in a report, published in May 2018, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) established that the Boeing was shot down by a Russian “Buk” missile launcher from the “53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian armed forces.” The same conclusions were drawn by the U.S. State Department and the U.K. Parliament’s Committee on Surveillance and Security. These conclusions were also supported by the independent research group Bellingcat.

The JIT made it clear that there are a dozen suspects. In 2018, Bellingcat established that the two people who, with the great certainty, were involved in the MH17 disaster are the two Russian army high-ranking officers: GRU officer Oleh Ivannikov and General-Colonel Nikolai Tkachev.

This is one of many competing disinformation narratives around MH17. Read similar debunks here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, MH17
  • Outlet: Ria.ru
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine violating Russian territorial integrity in the Sea of Azov. The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Sea of Azov is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

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