home - disinfo cases - detail

Groundless accusations against Russia for the downing of MH17 in Donbas

Summary of Disinformation

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.


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.

share with
Reported in: Issue 160
Date: 07.08.2019
Language: Italian
Country: Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
Keywords: Donbas, MH17
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Italia
share with

Have you found a mistake?
Give us your feedback.

Please don't forget to include facts and data backing your story.