Disinfo: The MH17 trial is faltering

Summary

The MH-17 trial is a show trial designed to discredit Russia. The trial is faltering, it is consistently being hit with new failures. This is a problem for them because certain conspiracies could be revealed, such as the participation of Western politicians in the downing of the jet, such as Barack Obama and Mark Rutte. The goal of the conspiracy was giving a casus belli to NATO to intervene in the Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the MH17 trial, depicting it as a scheme to cover up Western responsibility for it.

The MH17 trial in the Hague is not faltering or being hit with new challenges, it is proceeding as planned. The hearing on the merits of the criminal trial is set for June 2021. The pretrial stage was concluded on 25 November 2020.

According to the findings of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from 2016, 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 the 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.

The European Union has 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 Flight MH17. The two governments are formally holding Russia accountable. In addition, the Dutch government decided to bring Russia before the European Court of Human Rights for its role in the downing of Flight MH17.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Hungarian, Russian
  • Country: The Netherlands, US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Barack Obama, War in Ukraine, MH17
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Kyiv is against the return of its soldiers from "LDNR"

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Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative aimed to discredit Ukraine.

Ukraine is not against recalling Ukrainian soldiers who are in captivity in the territories not controlled by Kyiv. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine opposed the decision to transfer prisoners to a private person - Viktor Medvedchuk, who happens to be Putin's personal friend.

Biden came to power after a colour revolution

In a manner very similar to the Ukrainian events [in 2014], Biden has seized power from Trump in the US. This is a kind of geopolitical cycle in nature: at first, the United States “Americanised” Ukraine, tested it twice during “colour revolutions” and, in the end, practically turned it into its neo-colony under its own rigid external control with the use of native collaborators. Now the Ukrainian methods have been applied in the United States: the “colour revolution” technology was successfully used in the struggle for power.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about colour revolutions, recent US Presidential elections, and the Ukrainian statehood.

There was no colour revolution in the US. Allegations of electoral fraud have been dismissed more than 60 times by different US courts and judges, both Republican and Democrats, due to lack of any significant evidence, including by the Supreme Court on two occasions. There were extensive investigations about possible fraud, which turned out to be unfounded. This unprecedented scrutiny led to the conclusion that the November 3rd elections were the most secure elections in the history of the United States. Donald Trump lost the presidential election and the next US president, Joe Biden, was inaugurated on the 20th of January, 2021.

The Polish position on Belarus is exceptionally hostile

Probably, no Belarusian will argue with Poland. Another thing is that Poland will argue with Belarus. The actions realised by Poland after the Presidential elections in Belarus show that the attitude of the Polish state towards this country is exceptionally hostile.

Therefore, Poland will not achieve anything good unless it changes its Eastern foreign policy. No one in Minsk will dream about the Intermarium [geopolitical concept promoting the partnership of Central and Eastern European countries] together with Poles; no one will give up the Belarusian sovereignty in the name of Polish geopolitical ambitions. Belarus clearly supports its alliance with Russia – Poland should accept this fact and give up its attempts to drag Belarus to another geopolitical camp.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus – Poland is presented here as a country with hostile and aggressive plans towards Belarus.

The claims that Poland “occupies an exceptionally hostile position on Belarus” or it has some aggressive geopolitical plans towards this country are unfounded. Poland is a neighbour of Belarus and it continues to support the Belarusian people. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.