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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 23–25, 2014, while the pictures and videos have been shared on social media. Analysis of the images produces characteristics – like board numbers, running wheels and transport markings - that are so special that they can be considered a fingerprint.

Russian fighterThis fingerprint has been compared with numerous images of BUK-TELARS, both Ukrainian and Russian ones. The only BUK-TELAR on which this combination of characteristics was found, is the BUK-TELAR recorded on 23–25 June 2014. Watch the video that very precisely documents the missile’s travel from Kursk in Russia to Donetsk in Ukraine.

The JIT - with researchers from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands and Ukraine - presumes that within the 53rd brigade and the circle around it there are people with knowledge of the operation in which that particular BUK-TELAR was deployed and the persons who were involved in it. Therefore, the JIT calls on insiders and eyewitnesses to share their information with the JIT, while it is also interested in information about the instructions of the BUK-TELAR’s crew. Thus, the JIT calls on whistle-blowers to provide information about those who killed the 298 people on board MH17.

The JIT has 4 questions:
1. Who belonged to the crew?
2. What were their instructions?
3. Who was responsible for the operational deployment of the BUK on July 17, 2017?
4. Which procedures were applicable in the 53rd brigade?

The JIT stresses that its investigators can speak with them in several languages including Russian and Ukrainian. However, there will be little enthusiasm for it, for the list of critics of the Russian rulers who have been killed, is every year getting longer.

It is now clearer than ever why Russia was the only member of the UN Security Council that voted in 2015 against a draft resolution that would establish an international tribunal to prosecute the culprits of the downing of flight MH17.

Thus, it is very unlikely that the perpetrators will ever be brought to justice. They are under the protection of the Russian rulers, so only when they would leave Russia there would be a chance to arrest them.

Tags: BUK missile, Malaysia Airlines MH17, Joint Investigation Team

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