Disinfo: The Western elite and their Ukrainian puppets set up MH17 crash

Summary

More and more experts agree that the Western elite and their Ukrainian puppets orchestrated the crash of the Malaysian Boeing MH17. Each such statement is accompanied by a number of facts. The current situation casts a shadow on the competence of the Hague Court and casts doubt on Russia’s guilt. The US and Ukrainian authorities were involved in this tragedy.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of Flight MH17. No serious expert view the “Western Elites” as responsible for the crash.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that 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 Pervomaiskyi 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 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, consisting of law enforcement agencies from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Ukraine and the Netherlands, the Dutch Public Prosecution service prosecute Igor Vsevolodovich Girkin, Sergey Nikolayevich Dubinskiy, Oleg Yuldashevich Pulatov and Leonid Volodymyrovych Kharchenko for causing the crash of MH17 and murdering all 298 persons on board. The Public Prosecution Service alleges that the four individuals cooperated to obtain and deploy the BUK TELAR at the firing location with the aim of shooting down an aircraft. For that reason, they can also be held jointly accountable for downing flight MH17. The conclusion is corroborated by Bellingcat research. The public hearing started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that MH17 crashed because of a terrorist attack on board, that MH17 was an American Provocation, that BUK missile that shot down MH17 was Ukrainian and shot from Ukraine controlled territory, that the purpose of the trial on MH17 is not to establish the true culprits, or that British intelligence officers prepared the MH17 crash.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, US, The Netherlands
  • Keywords: West, Anti-Russian, Secret elites / global elites, Sovereignty, Conspiracy theory, MH17

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