MH17 downed by Russian missile launcher - Bellingcat
19:34, 8 October 2015

MH17 downed by Russian missile launcher - Bellingcat

British NGO published the report based on open source investigations

19:34, 8 October 2015

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) brought down in Eastern Ukraine on July 2014 by Buk missile launcher, brought from Kursk, Russia, stated in Bellingcat's report, British NGO of investigative journalists.

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“On July 17, 2014 a Buk missile launcher, originating from the 53rd Brigade near Kursk, Russia, travelled from Donetsk to Snizhne. It was then unloaded and drove under its own power to a field south of Snizhne, where at approximately 4:20 pm it launched a surface-to-air missile that hit Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew over Ukraine. On the morning of July 18, the Buk missile launcher was driven from Luhansk, Ukraine, across the border to Russia," said in the summary of the Bellingcat report.

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Also, Bellingcat stressed that “alternative scenarios presented by the Russian Ministry of Defense and Almaz-Antey are at best deeply flawed, and at worst show a deliberate attempt to mislead using fabricated evidence”.

The official report on the MH17 disaster by an international Joint Investigation Team, with which Bellingcat cooperates, will be issued on October 13, Malaysia Sun reports.

Related: Final report on the investigation into the crash of MH17 in the region of Donetsk will be published in October 2015

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