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All evidence shows Russia supplied weapon, - Bellingcat journalist on MH17 case

Source : 112 Ukraine

The reporter was a member of the team that collected evidence on the Boeing 777 downing
11:53, 8 June 2021

The crash of the Malaysian Boeing-777 (Flight MH17)
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All evidence shows that Russia supplied weapon-missile for Buk missile system that downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight over Donbas in 2014 as DW reported citing Bellingcat reporter Christo Grozev.

“We have seen so much corroborating evidence that there is no other explanation (of the events, - 112.international) – except the fact that Russia supplied the weapon that downed the plane. And 298 people killed,” the journalist underlined.

It is noted that the journalist was a member of the team that collected evidence on the Boeing 777 downing.

“Now there are no doubts; we have seen even more evidence that it was presented at the court,” Grozev said.

Related: MH17 crash case: Court session to take place at site of plane’s reconstruction

According to him, the investigators carefully considered each available fragment of the telecommunication data, each satellite photo, each post on the social network published by Russian soldiers, including from the air defense missile brigade that, according to the investigation, could transport the Buk missile complex.

Meanwhile, Grozev stated that if Russia would like to know the truth about the downing of the plane, it could cooperate with the investigation and provided permission for questioning of the members of the 53rd brigade, as well as two military men from the fifth brigade.

“Russia remains silent on this issue and it does not provide such access. Russia continues to confirm that it is excluded from the investigation; it is not allowed to contribute in it; however, it does not fulfill such requests on the provision of data at the same time,” the message said.

Related: The Netherlands' court holds hearing in MH17 case of at site of aircraft reconstruction, - online

On June 7, the Hague court on Monday began hearings on the merits of the case of the Malaysian plane MH17 downing over Donbas.

According to the preliminary schedule, the hearings on MH17 cases will take place from June 7 until June 25, 2021. The key issues are the weapon that downed the MH17 flight, the place of the missile’s launch, the role of the four defendants. The personal circumstances of the accused will also be discussed insofar as relevant information is available in the prosecution file.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in the skies over Donbas on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board - 283 passengers and 15 crew members. They all died. This disaster, in terms of the number of deaths, became the largest in the history of civilian aviation since September 11, 2001. At that time, the area where the plane crashed was controlled by pro-Russian militants.

Related: MH17 case: Dutch Prosecutor’s Office takes into account conclusions of Russian experts

The JIT (Joint Investigation Team, JIT), which includes prosecutors and representatives of other law enforcement agencies of Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Malaysia, as well as representatives of Eurojust, concluded that the airliner of flight MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 series missile launched from self-propelled fire installation BUK-TELAR from an agricultural field near the village of Pervomaiske. This area at that time was under the control of militants.

In the summer of 2018, the Dutch government absolved Ukraine of responsibility for the MH17 crash.

 

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