Monday, 22 October, 2018

Missile that shot down flight MH17 was Ukrainian, Moscow says

Russia says flight MH17 downed by Ukraine-owned missile MH17: Serial numbers prove missile belonged to Ukraine, says Russia
Patty Aguilar | 21 September, 2018, 06:17

On September 17, the Russian Defense Ministry presented more claims that it wasn't responsible for supplying the weapon that destroyed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014.

The passenger jet was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing all 298 people aboard.

Citing what they said were newly declassified documents, the Defense Ministry officials asserted that the missile was manufactured in Dolgoprudny, outside Moscow, in 1986 - five years before the Soviet Union fell apart - and was sent by railway to a missile brigade in the Ternopil region of western Ukraine in December of that year.

Lt. Gen. Nikolia Parshin, the ministry of defence's chief of the Missile and Artillery Directorate, told reporters that they were able to track down the Buk missile's paper trail using two serial numbers found on fragments of the rocket.

While the global team had pointed to the BUK missile system used as evidence, Russia's Defense Ministry on Monday cited the missile used by serial number, saying it had been in the possession of the Ukrainian military forces since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

According to RT.com, the serial numbers were marked on the engine and the nozzle of the missile.

The investigators said however that they had asked Russian Federation for information regarding the serial numbers before but had not received a reply.

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The separatists in the weeks prior to the plane crash bragged on social media about shooting down Ukrainian military aircraft.

On the day that MH17 came down, a rebel commander posted that his troops had shot down a Ukrainian military plane.

Although the Russian military admitted they lack evidence to disprove the possibility of the missile being captured by rebels from the Ukrainian army, they also noted Ukrainian officials have publicly denied such an incident.

According to the report, the Russian military claimed the complaints came from one Col Ruslan Grinchak, who supposedly serves in a brigade responsible for radar control of the Ukrainian airspace.

The Russian Defense Ministry officials claimed that some of the evidence used by the JIT, including videos investigators used to track the path of the missile from Russia to Ukraine and back, was falsified.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Defense Ministry spokesman, accused Dutch investigators of "faking" videos that reconstructed the Buk transport and launch vehicle's path toward the launch site.

The Foreign Ministry's comment was issued after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on Monday, which terminated the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and Russian Federation.

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