The audio data in the MH17 investigation was manipulated

Summary

A recently published a documentary proves that, among other things, the audio data presented by JIT as evidence was demonstrably manipulated and arbitrarily cut together. Other researchers also voiced doubts about the official version of the accident in 2018 with his research on MH17.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Flight 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 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 MH17, 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. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Persecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of MH17 and murdering the 289 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled for 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

Since July 2014, Russian authorities have been conducting a disinformation campaign, in which, together with the media, they directly and indirectly control with the aim of covering up the truth about who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine.

See similar disinformation that Ukraine conceals recordings of the Malaysian Boeing flight controllers’ conversation debunked by StopFake here.

See more disinformation cases on MH17 here, here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Malaysia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas, MH17
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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