The task of the JIT is not to conduct an objective investigation, but to blame Russia for the tragedy

Summary

The task of the JIT is not to conduct an objective investigation, but to blame Russia for the tragedy.

Here, once such a line has been chosen, they will fight to the last, proving that Russia is to blame. Otherwise, the question immediately becomes: why have there been sanctions, accusations, and insults for all these years? The bet is that time is running out, the tragedy will be forgotten and everything will end in nothing.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17.

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation. 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 purpose of the criminal investigation is to establish the facts of the case; determine the truth of what happened; identify those responsible for downing flight MH17 and gather criminal evidence for prosecution.

On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, from there the missile was launched. After firing, the system, with 1 missing missile, went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) operates in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2166.

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  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, International
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Sanctions, MH17
  • Outlet: RT Russian
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