After failing to provide any comprehensive evidence that will allow to blame Russia for the MH17 tragedy, Western diplomats and ‘investigators’ have come with a fresh batch of PR tricks to picture the situation like they have some evidence.
On November 14, the Dutch-led joint investigative team (JIT) claimed that new recordings of intercepted telephone calls that show rebels in Ukraine requesting military support and political guidance from “high-ranking” Russian political figures in the period before the MH17 incident in eastern Ukraine.
#BREAKING A Dutch-led probe into the shooting-down of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 has released new intercepted phone calls between high-ranking Russian officials and suspects facing trial over the crash pic.twitter.com/vd2vSKs752
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 14, 2019
The JIT claims that the aforementioned rebel leaders are linked to the MH17 tragedy. The suspects accused by the JIT are former Russina intelligence officer Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko.
“Recent analysis of witness statements and other information revealed that Russian influence on the DPR [the Donetsk People’s Republic] went beyond military support and that the ties between Russian officials and DPR leaders appear closer,” the JIT said.
“There was almost daily telephone contact between the leadership of the DPR and their contacts in the Russian Federation,” the JIT added. “They spoke with leaders in Moscow, near the border with Ukraine and in Crimea. Communication mostly took place via secure telephones provided by the Russian security service.”
At a weekly briefing in Moscow on November 14, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova questioned the JIT claims.
“What are they (the conclusions) based on? Publication of materials, some of which immediately turn out to be fake, and some of which don’t check out? We’ve been through this already,” she said.
Over the past years, the JIT and Western states, including the Netherlands, have demonstrated an unprecedented level of hypocrisy by manipulating facts and using rumors and fake news in an attempt to paint Russia is the side responsible for the MH17 shoot down.
On July 17, 2014, a Malaysian Boeing 777-200ER aircraft was conducting a scheduled passenger flight (MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. During a transit flight over the territory of Ukraine, the Ukrainian air traffic control charted the plane directly over the conflict zone between government forces and units of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
At 13:20 UTC, the aircraft was shot down as a result of a fire damage from unidentified forces.
The Ukrainian side, with Western support, immediately blamed Russia for the incident. In turn, Malaysia, expresses deep concerns over the accusations against Russia and the course of the investigation.
The Dutch government in fact said that it tried to manipulate investigation through pressuring the supposed “witness” of the tragedy, Vladimir Tsemakh.
On June 27, 2019, Ukrainian special services detained the ex-commander of one of the air defense units of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Vladimir Tsemakh in Snejnoe, on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) claimed that he was involved in the MH17 incident.
According to initial claims by the SBU, Ukraine detained the driver of a towing truck that transported Buk missile involved in the MH17 incident. However, later, the SBU was forced to denounce its own claims. Tsemakh’s air defense unit consisted of one vehicle with Zu-23 anti-aircraft gun and was not deployed near the incident site when the tragedy took place.
Later, Tsemakh’s status was changed to the “witness”. On September 7, 2019, Tsemakh was transferred to the Russian side as a part of the 35 for 35 exchange of the detained persons.
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said that the Dutch government contacted Ukraine “several times and at the very highest level” to not hand over Tsemakh in the framework of the swap deal. The foreign minister said that the authorities had questioned Tsemakh before he left for Russia but the Netherlands still profoundly regretted the outcome.
There are two main explanations of this situation:
- The Dutch governemnt, as a agent of the Euro-Atlantic establishment, has lost all links to the reality and is not even pretending that it cares about the human rights and the objective invesigation;
- Representatives of the European elite involved in covering up the real side behind the MH17 crash are panicking because the mainstream ‘Russia is guilty’ narrative has collapsed.
It seems that from the very start, the Dutch government has been aware who was really responsible for the MH17 crash. Therefore, it has contributed every possible effort to distort the course of the investigation and hide key evidence related to the case. For instance, the Dutch side may have manipulated data from the MH17’s black boxes. According to an independent technical expert Yuri Antipov, “the Dutch are deceiving everyone by” wiping “the last seconds of the recording of this fundamental parameter.”
Under international law (as well as laws of a majority of the states), the concealment of facts related to the crime is a signal of complicity in the crime. The Dutch government, which is allegedly a neutral side in the MH17 case, is de-facto impeding the objective investigation of the tragedy.
In this situation, the Dutch-led JIT attempts to invent some fresh justification to its posture in the MH17 case. However, as it can be seen, once again the released “evidence” is barely related to the main question that should be asked: What side did shoot down the MH17 and what side was interested in it?
The interview with Vladimir Tsemakh can be found here: