Russian Military On MH17 Investigation: Buk Missile “More Than Likely” Belongs To Ukraine

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On May 25, the Russian Ministry of Defense released an official statement commenting on allegations of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) about the Russian alleged involvement in the MH17 flight shot down over eastern Ukraine.

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Posted by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on Friday, May 25, 2018

The Russian MOD stated that a missile fragment allegedly used in the crash could not have belonged to the Russian Armed Forces.  According to the Russian MOD, the serial number marked on the missile’s engine revealed that it was produced in 1986 in the Soviet Union. However, the Russian MOD emphasized that all missiles produced that year were written off back in 2011.

“The service life limit of the missile, which was demonstrated by the JIT last Thursday, was 2011 (1986 + 25), after which all missiles of this year were removed, decommissioned and sent for recycling,” the statement reads. “A manufacturer can extend its service life for another five years, but not more than twice.”

“After 25-year operation, all the Buk missiles are to be decommissioned and disposed.”

The Russian MOD pointed out that this missile “more than likely” belongs to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which have received “no new anti-aircraft missile” since the delivery of twenty Buk missile systems after the USSR collapse in 1991.  Russia received and receives new necessary weapons from the sole manufacturer located in Russia.

“The engine fragment that the Joint Investigation Team demonstrated last Thursday indicates that the cutoff date for keeping those missiles in operation was 2011… After that, all missiles from that year of manufacture were withdrawn from service, written off and scrapped. However, all this unequivocally applies only to Russian air defense units, which received and still receive the necessary weapons in working condition from the sole manufacturer located in Russia,” the ministry added.

On May 24, JIT presented an update on their investigation of the plane crash in eastern Ukraine in 2014.  JIT concluded that the plane had been destroyed by a Russian Buk missile:

“The BUK-TELAR that was used to down MH17, originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade (hereinafter 53rd brigade), a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.”

Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized that Moscow had shown its willingness to provide all the necessary help, but it had not been invited to take part in the probe, TASS reported.

“I want to repeat the president’s words to you – the investigation was carried out in the Netherlands, this investigation team did not include the Russian side, though the Ukrainian side was represented,” Peskov pointed out.

On July 17, 2014 all 298 people on board of the Boeing 777 died when it crashed in a mid-air flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Ukraine, the US and their allies accused Russia of being behind the incident.

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  • ZP

    The EU blind idiots are walking right into the next moneymaking WW led by the allknowing, mighty, worldsaving, freedombearing the US. This kangaroo Court of a Team originally did not even include Malaysia and they structured up the findings then they invited Malaysia. Needless to say Russia inspite offering its help was never invited as it was the very goal of this “investigation” to blame Russia and create casus beli for the next WW. US is dumping tons of heavy weapons into EU and there can be only one reason for that “protecting the American interests” (whatever those may be). EU is buying it as it assumes that war will go East via the Slavic lands and in the process decimate the Slavs. President Putin explained no wars will be fought on territory of Russia anymore and here I leave it to you to draw the conclusion of what the purpose and nature of this JIT is.

  • Serious

    Never trust what is near The Netherlands.

  • Tudor Miron

    Very fiew realize how close Humanity was to WWIII in 2014. Downing of MH17 was a major event in that scenario. Znglo-zio cabal failed to drag Russia into real war in Ukraine and their plans for all out war had to be postponed.