Groundless accusations against Russia for the downing of MH17 in Donbas

Summary

The accusations against Russia for the downing of MH17 in Donbas are groundless since the Joint Investigative Team did not provide concrete evidence against Moscow.

Disproof

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

Actually, the JIT has indeed provided concrete evidence of Russia's involvement.

On the 28th of 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 where the missile was launched. After firing, the system - with 1 missing missile – was transported back to the Russian Federation. On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion 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.

On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, with the participation of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Persecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the MH17 crash and murdering all 298 persons on board. The Public Prosecution Service alleges that the four individuals cooperated to obtain and deploy the BUK TELAR at the firing location with the aim of shooting down an aircraft. For that reason, they can also be held jointly accountable for downing flight MH17.

The JIT conclusions were further corroborated by the Bellingcat Investigation Team.

For the full Bellingcat report see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Donbas, MH17
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
see more

Russia’s involvement in Skripal poisoning has not been proven

British police acknowledged that it does not possess evidence of Russia’s involvement into the Skripal’s poisoning. They would like to, but after years of careful investigation, they found nothing.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning claiming that the United Kingdom was never able to prove a “Russian trace” and did not provide detailed evidence of Russia’s involvement.

British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU, for the attack on the Skripals. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and briefed members of the Security Council. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent.

Crimea re-united with Russia on the basis of the will of Crimea’s citizens

Crimea re-united with Russia on the basis of the will of Crimea’s citizens, who independently determined their future in a referendum held in March 2014,  in which over 90% of voters voted in favour of joining Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to re-join Russia through a legal referendum.

The so-called referendum held on 16th of March 2014 has not been recognised by any international body.

The referendum in Crimea took place as a result of a coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014

The referendum in Crimea took place as a result of a coup d’état in Ukraine in February 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Euromaidan was a coup d’état.

Maidan or Euromaidan, the demonstrations which began in November 2013 in Kyiv and finished in February 2014, was not provoked from outside but was a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. More cases on this topic here.