Disinfo: The JIT builds all its conclusions on doubtful data


The Joint Investigation Team builds all its conclusions in the MH17 case on doubtful data from social networks and on their crude compilation.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of the flight MH17. The Joint Investigation Team collected forensic evidence from debris, soil samples, taped phone conversations and other evidence. Full description of how the investigation was conducted is available in the JIT's report.

The JIT 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 Pervomaiskiy. 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. The public hearing started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

For our overview and analysis of disinformation narratives around the downing of MH17, click here. See similar case: JIT MH17 investigation is doubtful, based only on social media and the Internet.


  • Reported in: Issue190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: The Netherlands
  • Keywords: International Criminal Court, social media, Eastern Ukraine, MH17


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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