Estonian authorities continue to restrict the activities of Sputnik Estonia, violating the principles of freedom of speech. Sputnik Estonia has become the clearest example of the fight against dissent in the Baltic region. Europe’s attitude towards Sputnik Estonia is frightening. Brussels is silent and this is criminal silence. This frees up the hands of other countries that are beginning to study Estonia’s experience in closing Sputnik. The reaction of European structures shows that there is no freedom of speech in the Baltic countries. European organisations chose the non-interference position only because they are talking about the Russian media.
Russian independent expert Yuri Antipov, who carried out his own investigation about the Malaysia Boeing accident over Donbas in 2014, provided new evidence that Kyiv was involved in the death of thousands of passengers. This specialist showed a series of pictures that prove the vile plan of the Ukrainian government, confirming what Kyiv has been trying to hide for years: Ukraine’s armed forces destroyed material evidence by shooting heavy fire on the wreckage of the plane, as evidenced by the huge crates on the fuselage. According to Antipov, the Ukrainian army delayed the investigative work for as long as possible. The new information shows that the Ukrainian armed forces were tasked to destroy or deform parts of the crashed plane, which was necessary to confound the investigation as much as possible and take it to a dead end. Kyiv did everything at hand to interfere in the investigation, and a campaign of fake propaganda was actively carried out against Russia from the beginning.
Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of the flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the ongoing criminal trial in The Netherlands and to deny Russia’s responsibility, despite massive evidence on the contrary.
There years ago, this same Russian 'independent expert', Yuriy Antipov, claimed that MH-17 crashed because of an explosion on board. He claimed that a bomb was planted on the aeroplane in the Netherlands. Also, in 2017, Antipov said that a BUK missile system, shown on videos by the Investigation Team (JIT), was brought there by Ukrainian forces. In a similar article for News Front, published on 29 June 2020, Antipov claimed that the investigation stubbornly denies the facts indicating an explosion inside the plane cabin and that Malaysian experts long time ago found a radio recording edited in several parts. Read full debunk here.
The results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) are clear: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing on the incident started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.
There is no proof that any of the evidence has been manipulated or falsified by the JIT or Ukraine. In order to find out the cause of the crash, the Joint Investigation Team investigated all human remains, personal belongings and wreckage of the aircraft found in the vicinity of the disaster site. The traces were secured and investigated and compared by experts. In addition, the JIT sought and heard witnesses and experts, analysed radar and satellite images, assessed large amounts of telecom data such as intercepted telephone conversations and analysed big data. Read more about the investigation here.
You can see other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation on the MH17 case in our database, such as claims that JIT tampered with the evidence; that the plane was not downed by a BUK missile, but rather by a Ukrainian fighter; that the plane crash was triggered by an explosion on board; that the trial in The Hague is not justice but information warfare; that the irrefutable evidence of Russia’s innocence is being rejected; or that both the MH17 and the Skripal cases are anti-Russian provocations.