The investigation into the death of the Boeing is completed! ! The Netherlands prosecutor’s office officially accused Russia of destroying the Boeing MN-17 and killing 298 people on board the liner!
The head of the international investigation team, Fred Westerbeck, at an official press conference today said that the investigation into the cause of the liner’s death was completed – the Boeing was shot down by the Buk anti-aircraft missile system of the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Russian Armed Forces!
The Netherlands Prosecutor’s Office established the involvement of more than 100 Russian citizens and local mercenaries of the Russian special services in the destruction of the liner.
All Russian fakes today are completely defeated, Russia’s responsibility has been established, the rightness of Ukraine has been publicly confirmed, this is a real victory.
And now opportunities are opening up for not only explaining the truth about the Boeing – we can prove to the whole world what terrible consequences Ukraine’s Russian invasion and war have brought. What’s next? It is necessary to continue the legal attack on the Russian Federation. And, now Russia may not recognize something, it may create new fakes, but these data will fall into a court verdict and, after appropriate procedures, will be executed by courts around the world. In addition to material compensation, Russian war criminals can now be brought to justice! Moreover, material damage to the Russian Federation can also be claimed by Ukraine. This will be one of the most resonant processes in the history of war crimes.
On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, the leadership of the Russian Federation and the entire state were found guilty of a heinous crime, massacre, terrorism! And how will it now be combined with a sports holiday ?!
Thanks to the participants of the international investigation team from Ukraine, thanks to the SBU and the GPU, thanks to the experts of the Kiev Scientific Research Institute of Forensics, you have done an excellent job that should be proud of and which deserves the highest praise and awards from the state and people of Ukraine.
What’s new in the investigation of the crash of the Boeing MH17?
In the investigation of the crash of MH17, new information appeared. Investigators first named the specific unit of the Russian army that owned the Buk, which shot down a Malaysian airliner. Four years after the crash of a Boeing MH17 Malaysian Airlines, which crashed in the Donetsk region on July 17, 20014, investigators first released information about the specific origin of the downed rocket plane.
The Buk missile launcher, with which the plane was shot down, belonged to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, based near Kursk. About this at a press conference in the Dutch Utrecht on Thursday, May 24, said the representatives of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), investigating the crash.
New investigation details
As Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Netherlands Police Investigation Department, said at a press conference, JIT carefully examined all the available photos and videos of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system, from which, according to the investigation, a missile hit the Malaysian Boeing was launched. “We were able to establish that this air defense system has unique characteristics,” said Paulissen. – Based on these characteristics, JIT was able to identify the distinguishing features of this “BUK”.
After analyzing the numerous photos and videos posted on social networks, investigators recreated the Buka travel route from June 23 to 25, 2014 as part of a military equipment column from a military unit near Kursk to the city of Millerovo in the Rostov Region. According to JIT, the convoy left the territory of the military unit on June 23, 2014. “It was a large convoy consisting of almost 50 different vehicles, including six Buk vehicles,” said the presentation that JIT presented at a press conference.
On some videos, “it’s clearly visible that a huge technique impedes movement on the road and attracts attention,” the presentation says. “This explains the fact that so many shots of the column appeared on social networks.”
How JIT found the “BUK” from which the Boeing was shot down
The photographs and videos analyzed by the investigators show license plates and other distinctive features of military equipment in the convoy, including transport markings on the body. One of the “Buk” following in the convoy also appeared in photographs taken on July 17 and 18 already in Ukraine. Investigators recognized him by the set of unique distinguishing features that make up the transport marking of the air defense systems.
Comparing these characteristics with the characteristics of other Buk’s of the same type that are in service with the Russian and Ukrainian army, the investigators “concluded that the BUK air defense system from which the Boeing MH17 was shot down belongs to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, stationed near Kursk, ”said Paulissen. He also said that in 2014 the 53rd brigade consisted of three active battalions. They served several hundred people, including personnel and support units.
What is known about the 53rd brigade
Despite the fact that this is the first official statement by the investigators about the origin of the rocket to which the plane was shot down following flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, the data themselves are not new. Back in November 2014, the Bellingcat expert journalistic group published the results of its own investigation, according to which the Boeing MH17 was shot down from a BUK, which was in service with the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade near Kursk.
Later, Bellingcat experts published another report in which they provided details about the 53rd brigade. According to them, in 2014 each of its three battalions included the full Buk complex. The Buk missile launcher, other military equipment, as well as soldiers and officers of the second battalion were transported in the convoy that was spotted on June 23-25. The column was heading to the Millerovo military airfield. Subsequently, the equipment moving in the convoy was transported to the countryside to the border with Ukraine.
As Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins explained in a DW interview, it took JIT investigators more time to identify the origin of the Beech that shot down MH17. This is because Higgins believes that they should carefully check the information collected, especially given that Russia does not recognize any evidence. “Investigators must be 100 percent sure that everything they represent is completely correct, because it is worth making a mistake and the Russian authorities will begin to put pressure on them,” Higgins is sure.
The conclusions of JIT and Bellingcat coincided
Commenting on the results of the investigation, released on Thursday, Higgins noted that the involvement of the 53rd battalion in the crash of the Malaysian Boeing is quite obvious. When comparing Buk and JIT, Bellingcat experts paid attention to the same signs – such as damage to the case, traces of paint, location of numbers and markings. “It is very unlikely that there was another identical SAM in that area with the same distinctive features,” summed up the founder of Bellingcat.
JIT representatives, meanwhile, acknowledged the validity of Bellingcat’s previous findings and explained why it took them so long to release information on the “Buk” of the 53rd Brigade. “The conclusions of the JIT should be based on legally convincing facts that can be presented in court. It takes a lot of time to collect and verify these facts, ”said Paulissen.
JIT called on the public to assist in the investigation
JIT representatives also noted that the disaster investigation had entered the “final phase”, and asked the public to provide information known to her about the 53rd brigade, the deployment of the Buka, which shot down the Malaysian Boeing, and people who were directly or indirectly related to plane crash.
“We are convinced that this information is known to many, it can be military personnel of the 53rd brigade, their friends and relatives,” said Paulissen, promising that all information about the informants would remain confidential.
According to Higgins, even one witness can play an important role in the investigation. “I think the JIT group does this not out of despair, but because it wants to achieve the best possible results. After all, it is competing with Russia, and Russia will try any possible tactics to go on the attack, ”he suggested.