Tag "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17"

Catch Carlos If You Can

By Carl Schreck and Ana Poenariu, for RFE/RL A mysterious Twitter persona launched one of the most enduring Moscow-friendly hoaxes of the MH17 airline tragedy. We found the ex-convict behind the lie. In early May 2014, as Ukraine’s conflict with Russia-backed separatists in the east was exploding into all-out war, the Spanish-language channel of Russia’s state-funded RT network brought on a guest to discuss the crisis. Seemingly in his 30s

Russia Cannot Acknowledge MH17 Role without Exposing Secret Ukraine War

By Peter Dickinson, for Atlantic Council The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine on July 17, 2014, transformed a localized post-Soviet conflict into a major global crisis. With victims from eleven different countries including 189 Dutch citizens, the international backlash was prompt and marked a clear escalation in the confrontation between Russia and the West over the war in Ukraine. Initial analysis of the incident identified Russia

The Kremlin’s Shifting, Self-Contradicting Narratives on MH17

By Aric Toler, for Bellingcat Just a few hours after the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17), the circumstances that caused the tragedy came to light: a Buk-M1 Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system was fired by either Russian-led separatists or Russian forces from an area near Snizhne, Ukraine, leading to the death of 298 civilians aboard the passenger plane. Over three years since the downing, every credible investigation into the tragedy

British Intelligence Report Confirms Russian Military Origin of MH17 Murder Weapon

By Aric Toler, for Bellingcat Today, December 20, the British Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament published its 122-page annual report. This report covers a wide range of topics, including cyber security, the status of the UK’s international relationships, the threat of foreign fighters, and so on. However, one almost anecdotal detail in the Russian objectives and activity against UK and allied interests section states a key fact in absolute terms: the Russian military bears

Russian Colonel General Identified as Key MH17 Figure

By Bellingcat Русская версия этого расследования опубликована изданием The Insider. A joint investigation between The Insider and Bellingcat used open source research, investigative journalism, and forensic voice analyan sis to determine the identity of “Delfin,” a key figure sought by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). The investigation has identified, to a high degree of certainty, Delfin as Colonel

Russia trying to influence Dutch public opinion on MH17 with fake news – minister

By UNIAN The Russian security services are trying to influence public opinion in the Netherlands by spreading fake news, home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren has said in a briefing to MPs, Dutch News reports. “The Netherlands is being monitored by the Russian security services among others,” Ollongren told MPs, according to Dutch News. “We know what Russia is up to, but we should not assume Russia is the only one.”

New MH17 Photograph Geolocated to Donetsk

By Bellingcat Investigation Team On October 19, 2017, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), the Dutch-led criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Ukraine, published a new photograph Buk 332, the Russian Buk missile launcher that downed MH17 on July 17, 2014. Buk 332, previously identified by Bellingcat as ‘Buk 3×2,’ is an anti-aircraft missile launcher belonging to Russia’s Kursk-based 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade. The image shows the

Time for the ninth MH17 disinformation round

By EU vs Disinfo In the pro-Kremlin disinformation news cycle, timing is everything.  Every occasion can be used to amplify and strengthen the false message. This week’s opportunity occurred when the separatist officials of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic handed over “human remains and debris” from the MH17 to the Dutch investigators. One may say with good reason it took some time: Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down over Eastern

Mixed Kremlin reaction to Bellingcat report on MH17 shootdown

By Donald N. Jensen, for CEPA The latest report by investigative search network Bellingcat on the 17 July 2014 shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 by a Russian-made Buk missile over war-torn eastern Ukraine— published on the tragedy’s third anniversary—presents a strong case for an official Russian link to the disaster. The Bellingcat findings support the conclusions of a September 2016 report by the official Joint Investigation Team (JIT), comprised

Flight MH17 three years on: getting the truth out of Eastern Ukraine

By East Stratcom Where were you on 17 July, 2014? On this day a Malaysian Airlines flight, which had taken off from Amsterdam bound for Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew, among them 80 children. To many, this tragic event became a watershed: the conflict in Eastern Ukraine ceased to be a regional problem and moved much closer to the life of

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