The MH17 tragedy can be Kyiv’s fault

Summary

There are doubts about the official version of the MH17 tragedy in the West. Kyiv’s role in the crash can not be ruled out.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory that the Ukrainian side was involved in the shooting down of MH17, with no evidence provided. One of the multiple disinformation narratives on this issue.

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 Pervomaiskiy (or: 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 from Kursk region, and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. Several images of the BUK-TELAR with which MH17 was downed are available.  The only BUK-TELAR on which this combination of characteristics was also found, is a BUK-TELAR that was recorded several times when it joined a convoy of the 53rd brigade on 23 – 25 June 2014.

Furthermore, a joint international open source investigation led by Bellingcat has identified conclusively that the person of interest known as ‘Andrey Ivanovich’ or ‘Orion’ whose identity is sought by the Joint Investigating Team in connection with the criminal investigation into the downing of MH17, is in fact Russian citizen Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov.  Ivannikov was an officer of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Ministry of Defence (GRU), and served in that function until at least as late as September 2017. During his undercover deployment to the Luhansk separatist entity, he coordinated and supervised the military activities of Russian militants, pro-Russian separatists and “private army” contingents from the Wagner group. Ivannikov also supervised the procurement and transport of weapons across the Russia Ukraine border. He held these functions at the time of the downing of MH17.

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. The US has supported the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Ukraine, European Parliament, MH17
  • Outlet: RT Russian
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Disproof

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