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Photographs of Ukrainian Buks in the focus of new Bellingcat investigation
18:40, 5 April 2017
Photographs of Ukrainian Buks in the focus of new Bellingcat investigation

Bellingcat state that Buk missile launcher was not located in eastern Ukraine, but instead in the Poltava Oblast in central Ukraine, hundreds kilometers away from the zone of conflict

18:40, 5 April 2017

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The investigative search network Bellingcat published on April 4 their material about the photos uploaded by Gredil Mykhailo, a chaplain for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, on July 15, 2014, showing a Ukrainian Buk missile launcher in a field that appeared to function as a Ukrainian military camp.

In the first paragraph the investigators state that this Buk missile launcher was not located in eastern Ukraine, but instead in the Poltava Oblast in central Ukraine.

These photographs gained minor popularity in some circles online after a user uploaded a series of photographs to an imgur album showing saved copies of Mykhailo’s photographs, including a geotagged photograph of the Buk missile launcher.

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One of these photographs shows Buk missile launcher 210 of the second battalion of the 223rd Anti-Aircraft Regiment, which is based in Stryi in western Ukraine. The photograph was geotagged in the Yasinuvatsky rayon (district), north of Donetsk. Another photograph, uploaded to the popular Russian forum Yaplakal, shows Mykhailo inside a control unit, geotagged in the Perevalsky rayon near Debaltseve.

However, after nearly three years, the photographs have been geolocated thanks to members of the Smolensk Forum. Mykhailo’s photographs were not actually taken in eastern Ukraine, but instead on the Myrhorod Air Base in the Poltava Oblast, hundreds of kilometers from the front lines of the war.

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