Bellingcat publishes report on MH17 disaster on tragedy's 3rd anniversary
The international group of investigators Bellingcat has published a report on the crash of the MH17 flight, shot down from the Russian self-propelled ground-to-missile launcher BUK-TELAR near Torets, Donetsk region, in July 2014, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the tragedy.
The corresponding document was posted on the site bellingcat.com on Monday.
The report sets out a chronology of events immediately before the tragedy and after, based on data from open sources.
Bellingcat concludes that the plane was shot down from the Russian self-propelled ground-to-missile launcher BUK-TELAR, which is part of the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Russian Armed Forces.
On July 21, 2014, the Russian Ministry of Defense published a package of fabricated documents about the route of the flight, radar data and edited satellite images taken at another time.
"No credible evidence has been presented that shows any operational Ukrainian Buk missile launcher was near a position in range of downing MH17 on July 17, 2014," the report says.
At the same time, Bellingcat claims that the only possible candidate for installations from which the MH17 was shot down was the Russian self-propelled ground-to-missile launcher BUK-TELAR of the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade.