Russia is demonised by being blamed for the downing of MH17

Summary

Ukraine immediately accused Russia for the downing MH17. Then they claimed that some other plane shot down the MH17 with air-to-air missile, then – that it was a surface-to-air missile. First came the accusation, then facts. It is demonisation of Russia.

Disproof

One of the many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the downing of MH17. Pro-Kremlin media has promulgated many conflicting versions of the events.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team 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 (or: Pervomaiskyi). 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 MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.

In 2018, Bellingcat confirmed that the BUK missile launcher which hit the airline near Donetsk was brought from Russia.

See more on the investigation of the MH17 catastrophe by Bellingcat here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia, MH17
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokhazhet @Pervyi Kanal (10:30 - 11:40)
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Evidence that Russia is not responsible for the downing of MH17 was not admitted

Russia submitted various evidence to prove it had nothing to do with the downing of the flight MH17, but it was not admitted.

The types of missile that hit the MH17 were destroyed in Russia already in 2011. Such missiles simply no longer exist in Russia.

Disproof

One of the many recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the downing of MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team 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 (or: Pervomaiskyi). 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 MH-17, was taken back to the Russian Federation.

The US seeks to destroy the system of international law

The US seeks to destroy the system of international law and to replace it with a new world order based on the principle of “might makes right” [the “law of the jungle”].

Disproof

Recurrent Kremlin conspiracy narrative about the US and Western illegality, use of force and non-compliance with international law. No evidence given. Similar cases can be found here.

 

Soros Foundation is organising clashes in Armenia

Soros Foundation is working on the destruction of Armenia. Therefore, the foundation’s office in Armenia must be closed. The foundation workers and people cooperating with them are foreign agents. Their activities should be prohibited.

In addition, the Soros Foundation is organising clashes in Armenia. They want the Armenians to come out against the people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). They want civil war and blood.

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives portraying philanthropist George Soros as a menace bent on destroying Armenia. See here for similar cases.

Soros Foundation has been supporting human rights, education, research, media and other democratic activities in Armenia since 1997.