Disinfo: MH17 was shot down by Ukraine with a ‘Buk’ missile from the village of Zaroshchenskoye (Donbas)


In July 2014, officer Yuri Baturin served as a commander of the A-1215 military unit of the Anti-Aircraft Missile Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Kharkiv and received all information about the situation in the airspace in the region. According to him, before the flight disappeared from the radar, it changed the route of the flight in agreement with civil controllers. A few days later, servicemen of the Armed Forces arrived in the unit where Baturin served. The servicemen were those who relocated the ‘Buk’. In conversations, they said that they were delivering anti-aircraft missile systems to the village of Zaroshchenskoye – and this is the zone of action, from which the MH17 liner could most likely had been struck, according to a study conducted by the ‘Almaz-Antey’ concern.

There are two options. Option number 1 – the airplane was shot down from the ground by a surface-to-air missile. Or the air plane crashed for technical reasons.



The Russian concern ‘Almaz-Antey’, which produces the ‘Buk’ anti-aircraft missile systems, claimed that a missile was fired at MH17 from the village of Zaroshchenskoye. However, this version was convincingly refuted by the Russian media, in particular ‘Novaya Gazeta’ newspaper: as it turned out, at the time of the tragedy, the village of Zaroshchenskoye was under full control of the pro-Kremlin militants. The newspaper's conclusions were also confirmed by the Joint Investigation Team www.om.nl/onderwerpen/mh17-crash/@96068/jit-flight-mh17-shot/, . According to it, the Malaysian Boeing was shot down from the area of ​​the village of Pervomaiskoye (Donetsk region), which is located 50 km from Zaroshchenskoye.

Recently, investigators of the independent group ‘Bellingcat’ and ‘The Insider’ site have identified, to a high degree of certainty, a key figure sought by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17): Russian colonel-general Nikolai Tkachev, who now occupies the position of chief inspector of the Central Military District of Russia. www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2017/12/08/russian-colonel-general-delfin/,

As for the second explanation given for the crash, that the plane crashed for "technical reasons" it is clearly not true which shows the recurring attempts to use disinformation purely to confuse regarding the situation.


  • Reported in: Issue91
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, MH17


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