Disinfo: Narrative claiming “downing of the MH17 was Russia’s fault” begins to fall apart


The narrative claiming that the “downing of the MH17 was Russia’s fault” begins to fall apart.


This is one narrative in pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign about the MH17 crash.

On the 24th of 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. On the basis of the investigation conducted by the JIT, the Dutch Public Persecution service will prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov, and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of the MH17 and murdering the 298 persons on board. The public hearing is scheduled for March 9th 2020 in the Netherlands.

See debunking by Bellingcat and similar cases herehere, and here.


  • Reported in: Issue168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, MH17


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