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MH17 case: Prosecution shows photos of Buk missile launcher being moved

Source : 112 Ukraine

The driver of a missile system's van also testified before the court, confirming that the transport was stolen nine days before the plane was downed
22:41, 9 June 2020

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On June 9, the prosecution team presented a piece of evidence in the case of the downed Boeing 777. These are the photos of how the Buk missile launcher was transported. Besides, the driver of a missile system's van also testified before the court, confirming that the transport was stolen nine days before the plane was downed. nu.nl wrote that on Tuesday, quoting the prosecution team.

As is known, the investigation team found out that the civilian aircraft was shot down by that particular Buk missile launcher. 

The prosecution explained how they checked if the collected photos were genuine. Specifically, they found an owner of the van that moved the missile launcher. He confirmed that the vehicle was captured by the illegal armed formations nine days before the disaster. One of the members of the illegal armed gangs also confirmed that information; his name remains undisclosed.

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Besides, the prosecution stated there was a video of the van moving Buk next to Luhansk; it was not carrying the missile load. Initially, the Russian side claimed the video was genuine, but it insisted it was filmed on Ukraine-controlled territory. Later, Russia's representatives claimed the video was tampered with.

The prosecution came to the conclusion that it was Russia's Buk, as it had typical features of a missile launcher that was spotted in Russia on June 23, 2014; the serial number was 3X2. Russia claimed that this particular weapon never arrived in Ukraine, and thus there was no need to reply to Ukraine's request for legal assistance.

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