Ukraine says Russia’s fresh statement on MH17 crash "fake"

Lester Mason
September 20, 2018

The Russian military has released what it says is fresh information to back its claim that the missile which downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 came from the arsenals of the Ukrainian army, not from Russia.

Citing what they said were newly declassified documents, the Defense Ministry officials asserted that the missile was manufactured in Dolgoprudny, outside Moscow, in 1986 - five years before the Soviet Union fell apart - and was sent by railway to a missile brigade in the Ternopil region of western Ukraine in December of that year.

But Russia denied involvement in the incident.

Parshin said that the numbers on the missile components clearly indicated that it was produced in 1986 by a factory in the Moscow region and then transferred to Ukraine and remained with the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Kyiv swiftly disputed the Russian assertion, which a senior Ukrainian official called an "awkward fake", while the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) said that it was still waiting for Russia to send documents it requested long ago and that Russia had made "factually inaccurate" claims in the past.

A part of the BUK-TELAR rocket that was sacked on the MH17 flight is displayed on a table during the conference of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), in Bunnik on May 24, 2018. These numbers were marked on the engine and the nozzle of the missile, the report said.

In the weeks prior to the plane crash the separatists bragged on social media about shooting down Ukrainian military aircraft.

On the day that MH17 crashed, a rebel commander posted that his troops had shot down a Ukrainian military plane.

A highly placed rebel, speaking to the AP shortly after the crash, admitted that rebels were responsible.

The Russian army has already rejected several times the conclusions of global investigators, who have identified the missile as from a brigade of anti-aircraft based in Kursk, in western Russia.

Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Defense Ministry spokesman, accused Dutch investigators of "faking" videos that reconstructed the Buk transport and launch vehicle's path toward the launch site. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko is hoping to get re-elected "on a wave of Russophobia" by breaking the friendship treaty with Russia, First Deputy Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of Russia's Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Frants Klintsevich told journalists on Monday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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