Konstantin Ernst, Director-General of Russia's Pervyi Kanal (Channel One, - 112 International) has recognized that the story about the Ukrainian fighter jet allegedly downing the Boeing 777 over Donbas in 2014 was a "mistake". Ernst said so in his interview with The New Yorker.
The outlet's contributor Joshua Yaffa described this moment as follows:
"In November, 2014, Channel One aired what it called “sensational” footage: a satellite image, supposedly taken by Western intelligence services and passed to Russia by an American scientist, that purported to show the plane being attacked by a Ukrainian fighter jet. “The image supports a version of events which has hardly been heard in the West,” a host said. The picture was quickly outed as a fake. The time stamp didn’t match that of the incident, the plane had identifying markings that distinguished it from the Malaysian aircraft, and the terrain underneath was clipped from photos posted online two years before. When I asked Ernst why his channel gave voice to something so easily disproven, he said that it was a simple error: “Yes, we’re human, we made a mistake, but not on purpose.”
The Russian TV official also said he considered the conclusions of the international investigation group nonprofessional - as for Russia's involvement in the tragedy. He said it was "a matter of belief".