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The BUK missile came from Kursk

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 presented on May 24, 2018 an update of the state of play in its criminal investigation. The JIT concludes that the BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17 originates from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk, Russia. The conclusions are based on extensive comparative research including images of the BUK-TELAR. They are available because it was recorded several times when it joined a convoy on June...
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Justice far away in MH17 drama

Russian fighterThree years ago Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a Russian Buk missile launched form Russian-backed rebels controlled territory. It seems likely that it was a mistake and that the perpetrators thought they had shot down a Ukrainian military aircraft. Minutes after the disaster the Russian commander Igor Girkin – also known as Igor Strelkov - proudly tweeted they had just downed a plane. When it appeared to be a passenger plane, he deleted the tweet. Russia was in 2015 the only member of the UN...
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It was a Buk from Russia

Russian fighterRussia was in 2015 the only member of the UN Security Council that voted against a draft resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute the culprits of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Because Russia for historical reasons has the right of veto the tribunal was not established. However, Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine established a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) as an alternative to carry out a criminal investigation. On September 28, 2016 the JIT presented their interim results....
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Visiting a corrupt official

Buk1Pro-Russian rebels and Russian soldiers shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17, 2014 over eastern Ukraine. Two years later there is still no prospect that the killers will be arrested and brought to justice as they remain under the protection of the Russian rulers. The Dutch prosecutor general has formed a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to investigate the murder of the 298 people on board flight MH17. The head of the prosecutor general’s office, Herman Bolhaar, and the leader of the JIT, Fred Westerbeke, visit...
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No justice in the Wild East

Russian fighterLHD Lawyers has filed a compensation claim in the European Court of Human Rights on May 9, 2016 against Russia and its ruler Vladimir Putin. The law office did so on behalf of 33 next of kin of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces were fighting in eastern Ukraine when the aircraft was downed. It seems likely that it was...
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New details about MH17 (or how to lie consistently?)

MH17-reportThe Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad published on October 17, 2015 an interview with the chairman of the Dutch Safety Board (DSB). It presents new details about the MH17 investigation and sheds light on the role of the Russian investigators. It appears that not all materials used in the investigation have been made public. The DSB has studied satellite images that were state secrets. The results have been incorporated in the report, but the content of the images will not be made public. The interviewer observes that pieces...
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