Volunteers of Informnapalm presented a conclusion that downing the Malaysian aircraft was not the prime aim of Russian-backed militants. They state that few days before the fall of the MH17, Russian "Buk” system was delivered to Ukraine from the Russian military airport Millerovo. After that, "Buk" was moved to the western outskirts of Donetsk city, and then placed near Torez, near the village of Pervomaiske, Donetsk region.
"The crew mistook two neighboring settlements with almost identical names - therefore that cost the crew a few precious seconds," as said in the publication.
The area of Torez, near Pervomaiske, has been chosen not by chance; it was convenient for controlling the skies over Ukrainian troops, and it lies on the route of Ukrainian military transport aircraft Melitopol - Luhansk.
"Russians, actually, were waiting for some Ukrainian freighter. They knew what kind of aircraft it would be and when it would fly. No wonder that immediately after the start, the separatists’ media said about downed Ukrainian An-26," note the volunteers.
As said in the investigation, at least one flight Baku-Kyiv (and Kyiv-Baku) was cancelled not to confuse the Ukrainian military An-26 / IL-76 with civilian aircraft. In addition, Russians had been the exact information concerning time and the route of Ukrainian aircraft.
"Perhaps Ukrainian aircraft did not appear at the decisive moment. The information support was provided by military airfield Millerovo or by Russian air defense units on the Ukrainian-Russian border. And then Malaysian Boeing appears. It comes from some different direction and the crew was remote from the planned place. But there was a challenge to shoot - and the plane was shot down,” say the volunteers.
As noted in the investigation, after analyzing the data from radars, it was decided not to transfer any information to the Dutch public prosecutor's office.
"Russian air defense systems would show a complete picture of Russia's involvement in the tragedy. But neither the airfield at Millerovo, nor the Russian part of the air defense, or the A-50, was not mentioned in the Dutch report," summed up Informnapalm.
Recall, January 3 it became known that the Bellingcat investigators have released a report. Group's founder Eliot Higgins in his interview with NOS channel said his organization has identified 20 soldiers from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of Russia’s air defense. According to Bellingcat, one of them could make a shot with the help of "Buk" system, which was taken from the location of the brigade in Kursk.
Bellingcat submitted its final report October 8, 2015. The Group specializes in the study of information in social networks, and other public sources.
Malaysian Airlines passenger aircraft was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down July 17, 2014 in the Donetsk region. All 298 people died. Most of the passengers, 193 people, were citizens of Netherlands.