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No Evidence of Russians' Involvement in MH17 Disaster

Summary of Disinformation

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


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.

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Reported in: Issue 134
Date: 21.01.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, MH17
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Ria.ru
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