Disinfo: The missile that hit MH17 belonged to the Ukrainian armed forces


The missile that hit MH17 belonged to the Ukrainian armed forces. The Boeing was shot down by a missile launched from a territory controlled by the Ukrainian army.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the flight MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on the 17th of 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 Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT)  has concluded that the BUK-TELAR, used to shoot down MH17, originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

International investigators announced charges against four suspects accused of shooting down flight MH17 on the 19th of June 2019.

Read here a similar case claiming that  MH17 was shot down from territory under the control of the Ukrainian army and that the MH17 Joint Investigation Team is ignoring information presented by the Buk manufacturer.


  • Reported in: Issue185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: MH17


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