May 24, 2018

MORE EVIDENCE RUSSIA SHOT DOWN FLIGHT MH-17 OVER UKRAINE: The attack occurred in July 17, 2014.

The missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to a Russian brigade, international investigators say.

For the first time, the Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia.

All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 died when it broke apart in mid-air flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

It was hit by a missile fired from rebel-held territory in Ukraine. Russia says none of its weapons was used.

But on Thursday Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch official from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), told reporters: “All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces.”

He restated the JIT’s conclusion that the plane had been destroyed by a Russian-made Buk missile, adding that it had been supplied by the country’s 53rd anti-aircraft brigade in Kursk.

Everyone knew this was what happened. Forensic analysis in the immediate aftermath of the incident proved it was a Buk surface to air missile, but the Kremlin first said a Ukrainian aircraft downed the commercial jet then claimed the missile came from Ukrainian sources. Now investigators have traced the missile that shot down MH-17 to Russian military stocks.

Here’s what StrategyPage reported on July 23, 2014:

The Ukraine situation got a lot worse a week ago when pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysian airliner that was passing through. The official Russian line is that the destruction of the Malaysian airliner was all a CIA plot to discredit Russia and justify NATO expansion. Russia claims a Ukrainian fighter shot down the airliner, which may be why the rebels kept international investigators away from the crash site for so long. Russian aviation experts know that when the wreckage is carefully examined parts of the missile that brought down the airliner will probably be found and identified. Photos of the wreckage already show damage characteristic of what a BUK (SA-11) missile warhead would inflict. The missile has a 70 kg (154 kg) warhead and a proximity fuze that detonates the warhead close to the target and sprays the target with a unique form of metal fragments.

Like I said, the evidence was there, despite the Kremlin agitprop cover story. The StrategyPage report has more background.

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