Arguments against Almaz-Antey experts' version presented in court in MH17 case

Source : 112 Ukraine

Almaz-Antey experts claim that the missile that hit the plane was fired from the Ukrainian-controlled village of Zaroschenske
12:40, 10 June 2021


In the case of the MH17 crash, the Hague court was presented with materials that disprove the version of the experts of the Russian Almaz-Antey Defense Concern about the place of the launch of the missile that shot down the plane. Deutsche Welle reported this.

Almaz-Antey experts claim that the missile that hit the plane was fired from the Ukrainian-controlled village of Zaroschenske.

Related: MH17 hearing: Witnesses spoke before the court

However, the evidence presented in court shows that, firstly, no traces of the rocket launch were found in the area. Secondly, most of the evidence comes down to the fact that there was no Buk in this area. Finally, the court showed the case materials, according to which the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation manipulated images from Zaroschenske, placing on them Buk surface-to-air missile launcher using Photoshop. The Russian agency later refused to provide the original photos to the international investigation, citing the fact that they were destroyed.

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In addition, the court presented case materials that precluded the possibility of launching from another place, named by witnesses who fled from Ukraine to Russia. They claimed that the rocket was launched from the city of Amvrosiivka. In particular, the court mentioned the relevant testimony of two people received from the Russian side, according to which the missile was launched from this place. Investigators found this evidence unreliable because, first, there were no other witnesses to the launch or stay of Buk in Amvrosiivka. In addition, the village itself does not fall into the estimated area of ​​the rocket launch in any of the three examinations conducted by Belgian, Dutch and Russian experts with Almaz-Antey.

Related: MH17: Court looks into evidence confirming that Buk missile was fired from militant-held territory of Ukraine

On May 26, the court in the case of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crash on flight MH17 held a hearing for the first time at the site of the reconstruction of the aircraft from the wreckage - at the base of the Netherlands Air Force Gilze-Rijen in the south.

The prosecution asked to inspect the right and left parts of the cockpit of flight MH17 aircraft to compare the damage. After all, according to Dutch and Belgian experts, the surface-to-air missile hit the left side of the plane.

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

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.

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.

Related: MH17 case: Hague Court shows Buk’s route from Russia to Ukraine

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