The Hague court has shown the way of the Buk missile complex that downed Boeing-777 from Russia to Ukraine – the first time ever it was shown in such a big volume and in detail as Deutsche Welle reported.
The talks in the materials of the case state that by July 16, 2014, the leadership of separatists did not want to lose the taken-up positions due to the bomb attacks and advance of the army of Ukraine and appealed to the leadership of Russia for help. Particularly, then so-called Defense Minister of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Ihor Girkin (Strelkov) asked Serhiy Aksyonov, then head of Crimea, through the assistant to supply “normal air defense”.
Concurrently, Pulatov complained in the talk with Dubinsky that apparently the separatists owned only the 9K35 Strela-10 missile system at that time that “is not able to work” due to the “misfire” of the missile, while he lost over 20 people as a result of the airstrikes of the Ukrainian aircraft.
The separatists got what they have asked for. According to the investigation on the night of July 17, the Russian border was crossed by Buk. It arrived in Donetsk then it was put on Volvo tow car, then it passed Makiivka, Shakhtarsk, and Torez to Snizhne.
According to the materials, Buk arrived to Furshet supermarket in Snizhne at 12:42 at local time.
The prosecution believes that the missile complex owned by the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of Russia near Kursk was transported back to the Russian territory right the same day – a few hours after the Boeing-777 tragedy.
On April 12, 2021, journalists of Dutch TV channel NOS released new tapes of phone conversations of retired Russian military officers Sergei Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov. They point at their involvement in the MH17 tragedy. The conversations were previously intercepted by Ukraine's special services and passed to the Dutch investigation team.
On June 8, as the Dutch court keeps looking into the MH17 case, the jury received pieces of evidence that confirm that the civilian airplane was shot by the missile. In turn, that projectile was fired from the launch site located in the militant-controlled part of Donbas.
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.
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.