The wreckage of the rocket which shot down MH17

An international investigation team concluded that the anti-aircraft missile system, which shot down a Boeing under Donetsk, belonged to the 53rd antiaircraft missile brigade of the air defense of the Russian Federation.

An international investigation team concluded that the anti-aircraft missile system Buk, from which knocked Malaysian Boeing flight MH17 near Donetsk, belonged to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile defense brigade based in Kursk.

The investigators also showed discovered in the Donetsk region the wreckage of the rocket – engine nozzle and housing – numbers, which indicate that the rocket was made in Russia. Корреспондент.net gathered details.


MH17 was hit by Buk from Russia

Self-propelled fire installation Buk that downed Malaysian Boeing near Donetsk, is in service with the 53rd antiaircraft missile brigade, stationed at Kursk .

On Thursday at a press conference in Bunnik the Netherlands officially announced a Joint investigation team which is conducting a criminal investigation into the death of a passenger plane in the summer of 2014 over the Donbas.

It is noted that irrefutable evidence has been assembled on the basis of the results of the work of forensic experts collected evidence and photographs of witnesses, data from radar and satellite imagery provided by Ukraine, Russia and the United States.

Was known. The investigation proved that the plane was shot down buck from the territory, which at that time was under the control of armed separatist groups.

Manipulation Of Russia. New findings of the investigation on MH17

Know the exact location of launch missiles Pervomayskoe village, located near the town of Snow), the type of warheads – anti-aircraft missile 9M38 Buk class, and that the installation was brought from Russia, and then taken back.

New information. On may 24, the investigation announced that the Buk belonged to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade in Kursk. At a press conference described the route, which was a military convoy from Kursk to Ukraine.

Journalists also showed discovered in the Donetsk region the wreckage of the rocket – engine nozzle and housing – numbers 9д1318869032, which indicate that the rocket made in Russia, Dolgoprudny, Moscow region in 1986.

Dolgoprudny research and production enterprise still produces missiles for Beech. The latest figures on the housing – 9032 is a unique identification number of the rocket engine.

The conference showed videos of residents of settlements that was passing a military convoy of 50 vehicles and six Beeches, EN route from Kursk to Donetsk oblast, reports Radio Liberty.

The first video was made on 23 June 2014, when the convoy left from Kursk in the direction of the village of Nikolskoye. All the shooting, investigators were carefully cross-referenced with Google Street View. Latest video footage of the convoy is dated 25 June 2014.

The chief of criminal investigation Department of the police of the Netherlands Wilbert Paulsen reported that all self-propelled Buk convoy had on the body three-digit numbers starting with 2.

In Kursk the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade has three battalions. Figure 2 on the housing means belonging to the second battalion. Only one Beech began with the number 3, the second and third were partially shaded. It is noted that the usual practice if the installation is preparing to participate in the military operation.

In the Netherlands declared that the consequence managed to establish that Beech number 3 brought down the Boeing. It is noted that this conclusion came after a detailed review of all photo and video materials, and frames made on 17 and 18 July 2014.

To reach this conclusion helped seven distinctive features, which are invariably repeated in all the pictures of this installation on the entire route. This white numerals, markings and stripe on the body, and also a specific sequence of wheels (i.e., as alternating between the wheels of two types).

The circle of suspects was reduced. It also became known that a list of about 100 of the suspects, who were in effect, was now reduced to “a few dozen”. However, the representative of the investigation team refused to disclose the names of possible suspects, citing the interests of investigation.

During the press conference, investigators asked the witnesses – employees of the brigade, their families and friends – with a request to provide information that will help the investigation.

On the official site JIT stated that the investigation was particularly interested in the information about two persons: Callsign Orion, a name of Andrey and the name Dolphin, the name is Nikolay Fedorovich.


About the Kursk crew has long been known

That SAM Buk belonged to the Russian 53rd brigade said the independent expert and journalist group Bellingca in February 2016.

The journalists said they identified the exact number of self-propelled fire installation.

The Beeches convoy in the Donbass / Bellingcat

“17 and 18 July 2014 in Eastern Ukraine was shot on photo and video self-propelled fire installation Buk under the number 332 of the Russian 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the town of Kursk”, – stated in the publication.

The report was called by name all those who, in the opinion of the Bellingcat, is responsible for making decisions and launching missiles at passenger aircraft: the brigade commander, commander of the 2nd division, which could enter the launcher. The commanders of batteries and crews are named after the first letters of the names.

Since then, Bellingcat has published nine images of the same installation.

Russian Buk in the Donbass / Bellingcat

Since 2013, the 53rd brigade commanded by Colonel Sergey Moskaev. He was born in the Chelyabinsk region, and in 1997 graduated from St. Petersburg higher anti-aircraft missile school.

Your social media accounts, Colonel Muchkaev removed after the publication of Bellingcat.

Reaction to the new findings

At a press conference the head of the security service of Ukraine Vasily Gritsak has informed that Ukraine trust the results of the investigation.

President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine will do everything possible to “actions of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism”, received a proper assessment in the International court of justice in the proceedings, which was initiated by the Ukrainian side at the beginning of last year.

The defense Ministry denied the accusations and say that the death of the Boeing sacrament of the Ukrainian military. The Ministry said that “not a single Russian air defense system the Russian-Ukrainian border never crossed”.

“The Russian side presented ample evidence, confirmed including full-scale tests, clearly pointing to the involvement of the Ukrainian Buk SAM calculations to the destruction in the sky of Ukraine Boeing passenger from the Netherlands”, – said the Ministry.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the joint investigation team did a professional and independent work.

“I appreciate the professional, independent work of the Joint investigation team to investigate the shoot down of MH17,” wrote Stoltenberg on Twitter.

He also noted that it was important that the perpetrators be brought to justice, as required by the decision of the UN Security Council.


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