June 10, 2019  |  Updated June 12, 2019

Disinformation about the Absence of Russian Trace in the MH17 Investigation

By Maiko Ratiani

On May 31, 2019, Sputnik Abkhazia published an article in which the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad speaks about the crash of Malaysian Airlines’ Boeing-777, Flight MH17. According to the PM, the investigation concerning the airplane crash is politicized and there is no evidence that would indicate a Russian footprint.

Mahathir bin Mohamad: “They accuse Russia, but where is the evidence? We know that the missile that came into contact with the airplane was a Russian type, but it could have been manufactured in Ukraine.

The claim by the PM of Malaysia that there is no evidence of Russian footprint in the shooting down of Flight MH17 in Donetsk region in 2014, is disinformation. Several investigations exist on the given matter that confirm that the missile that shot the Malaysian Airlines’ flight, belongs to the Russian Armed Forces. The Government of the Netherlands addressed the PM of Malaysia with a statement asking for a clarification of his statement.

  • Investigations by Bellingcat and JIT confirm that the missile belongs to a Russian brigade

A joint investigative group including Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine confirm using photo and video materials that the cargo convoy transporting the missile system departed from Russia to Eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, entered Makeevka, Donetsk Oblast and once again crossed the border without one missile the next day. Serial numbers on the car as well as other signs have been identified as belonging to the 53rd Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces, specifically to an anti-air unit located in Kursk, western Russia.

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