Bellingcat publishes another MH17 report three years after the crash

The report as rather a summary of circumstances which led to downing of MH17, most of the information is familiar

14:44, 17 July 2017

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The Bellingcat Investigation Team released a report summarizing all major open source evidence surrounding the downing of MH17 in an easy-to-read 73-page survey. Most of the information in this report is familiar, the report is summarizing the circumstances that led to the downing of MH17, information on the Buk missile launcher that downed the passenger plane, a summary of alternative scenarios regarding the downing, and other essential areas of information.

A summary of the findings of this survey:

- Between June 23-25, 2014, Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade transported vehicles within Russia to positions close to the Russian border with Ukraine. This includes Buk 332, later photographed and filmed in Ukraine on July 17 and 18, 2014.

- On July 17, 2014, Buk 332 was in Ukraine, and arrived in Donetsk in the morning. From there, while loaded onto red low-loader, it traveled eastwards through separatist-held territory, and eventually reached the town of Snizhne in the early afternoon.

- After arriving in Snizhne, Buk 332 was unloaded and drove under its own power southward, out of town.

- Buk 332 arrived at a field south of Snizhne and fired a missile that resulted in the destruction of flight MH17.

- Buk 332 was next filmed traveling east through the separatist-controlled city of Luhansk on the morning of July 18, 2014 missing one missile. Intercepted communications indicate that the missile launcher was taken into Russia shortly after this video was filmed.

- On July 21, 2014, the Russian MoD presented a series of fabricated and misleading information about the flight path of MH17, radar data, the location of the July 18, 2014 Luhansk video, and the inclusion of misdated and heavily edited satellite imagery.

- Almaz-Antey presented data that was not reflected by witness statements on the ground, any open source information, or the technical assessments made by the DSB.

- No credible evidence has been presented that shows any operational Ukrainian Buk missile launcher was near a position in range of downing MH17 on July 17, 2014.

- The only credible candidate for the missile launcher that downed MH17 is Russian Buk 332, of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade.

Bellingcat also calls for an increased focus on discovering information on two individuals central to the MH17 case: Orion and Delfin. These two men, whose first names and patronymics are Andrey Ivanovich (Orion) and Nikolai Fyodorovich (Delfin), are being sought by the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of MH17. Their telephone conversations with their voices with the transcripts and translations were published by the Security Service of Ukraine.

At 4:20pm local time on July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot from the sky over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew members. Within hours, the world became aware of the general circumstances that led to the tragedy: a Buk antiaircraft missile was launched from separatist-controlled territory, likely hoping to hit a Ukrainian aircraft rather than a passenger jet. 

It's a third anniversary since the tragedy on Eastern Ukraine.