Disinfo: Bellingcat investigation of the MH17 tragedy was just a reaction to new proof that Ukrainian forces shot down the plane


The results of the joint investigation of the MH17 tragedy by the Bellingcat and the Insider were an answer to the revelations of the former Ukrainian army colonel Yuriy Baturin who says that the plane was shot down by Ukrainian forces. The results of the joint investigation identify the voice of Russian General Nikolay Tkachev to be the same as of the person Dolphin – one of the key figure in the tragedy. But in fact none of the experts dared to state that it is definitely his voice, even though the investigators even made a provocation to obtain his voice samples.


Misleading information that aims to frame Bellingcat and the Insider as unreliable sources. Repeating recurring disinformation about MH17.

In fact the joint investigation between The Insider and Bellingcat used open source research, investigative journalism, and forensic voice analysis to determine the identity of “Delfin,” a key figure sought by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). The investigation has identified, to a high degree of certainty, Delfin as Colonel General Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev, currently serving as the Chief Inspector of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation.

Already in October, the former Ukrainian colonel Yuriy Baturin started to give disinforming interviews that MH-17 was shot down by Ukrainian forces. The recent interview to Zvezda TV Channel was just a repetition of this disinformation. TV Zvezda removed the interviews with Yuriy Baturin from its websites soon after publishing them in October, but on December 7, a day before the Bellingcat and the Insider published their report, TV Zvezda published a new interview with Baturin.



  • Reported in: Issue 91
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: MH17


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