Disinfo: The Germans supported Russia’s withdrawal from consultations about MH17


The Germans supported Russia’s withdrawal from consultations on the tragedy of flight MH17. This position confirms that some of them definitely did not fall for the propaganda bait of the Western elite. The European Union is still afraid to admit that Kyiv is guilty of the MH17 crash. If the then-Maidan authorities “closed the sky” over Donbas, the tragedy would have been avoided.


One of the pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on the downing of Flight MH17, denying Russia's responsibility.

A few comments under the news article of one media cannot account for the position of the whole of the German people.

Russia announced that it would withdraw from consultations with the Netherlands and Australia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine in 2014. Russia's Foreign Ministry accused the Netherlands and Australia of not trying to establish what happened in the disaster and instead, making "vicious" attempts to pin the blame on Moscow.

Previously, the German government called on Russia to actively contribute to the investigation into the MH-17 aircraft crash in Donbas in 2014.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 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 Pervomaiskiy in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system, with one missing missile, went back to the Russian Federation. On 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that 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, consisting of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharachenko for causing the crash of Flight MH17 and murdering all 298 persons on board. The Public Prosecution Service alleges the four cooperated to obtain and deploy the BUK TELAR at the firing location with the aim of shooting down an aircraft. The public hearing started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

The European Union and NATO have called on the Russian Federation to accept its responsibility and to fully cooperate with all efforts to establish accountability. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the Buk installation that was used to down MH17. The two governments are formally holding Russia accountable.

On top of that, on 10 July 2020, the Dutch government decided to bring Russia before the European Court of Human Rights for its role in the downing of Flight MH17. As stated on the government's website, it "attaches importance to continuing the meetings with Russia on the matter of state responsibility. The purpose of these meetings is to find a solution that does justice to the enormous suffering and damage caused by the downing of Flight MH17."


  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Donbas, MH17


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