Bellingcat published report on MH17 disaster on anniversary of the tragedy


On the third anniversary of the tragedy, international group of investigators Bellingcat published a report on the crash of the MH17 flight, shot down on July 17th 2014 near Torez (Donetsk region).

The corresponding document was published on on Monday.

The report sets out a chronology of events immediately before the tragedy and after, based on data from open sources.

Bellingcat comes to the conclusion that the aircraft was shot down with Russian air defense missile system Buk 332, which belonged to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces.

On July 21st 2014, the Ministry of Defense of Russia published a group of deliberately fabricated documents about the route of the flight, radar data, and edited satellite images taken at another time.

“There is no evidence that [Ukrainian] Buk 312 was ever deployed anywhere near the frontline or in separatistheld territory at or near July 17, 2014,” the report says.

At the same time, Bellingcat claims that the only credible candidate for the missile launcher that downed MH17 is Russian Buk 332 of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade.