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The chain of events: How did the Russian version of the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing MN-17 in the Donbass

From the Spanish dispatcher to the military unit of the Ternopil region.

Photo from the crash site of Boeing 777. A shot of Mikhail Voskresensky, RIA Novosti

On September 17, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the missile, from which the MN-17 was shot down over the Donbass, belonged to Ukraine. According to the agency, the missile of the Buk anti-aircraft complex was sent there in 1986.

Secretary of the Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov called the statement of the Ministry of Defense of Russia “another unsuccessful fake of the Kremlin.”

The catastrophe occurred on July 17, 2014. Versions about its causes and culprits changed many times, for four years in the media werevarious culprits and involved in the tragedy.

July 17, 2014

The head of Rosaviation said that the responsibility for the collapse of Boeing was borne by the Ukrainian side, since at the time of the crash the plane was in the area of ​​responsibility of the Dnepropetrovsk dispatch center.

July 18, 2014

Vladimir Putin laid the blame for the collapse of Boeing in Ukraine. According to him, the reason for this was the resumption of hostilities in the southeast of Ukraine.

July 21, 2014

The Ministry of Defense said that Russia had fixed the Ukrainian Su-25 aircraft, which flew in the direction of Boeing. The distance of the Su-25 from the MN-17 was “3-5 kilometers”. The department also added that they own space images with the location of the air defense of the Ukrainian army, which allegedly confirm that one of the “Buk” installations was moved to the militia controlled territory.

The Defense Ministry also said that on July 17 an American experimental apparatus for detecting missile launches flew over the southeastern regions of Ukraine. The time of his flight allegedly coincided with the time of the collapse of Boeing. As Vedomosti noted , later the Ministry of Defense refused this version .

September 10, 2014

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting with his counterpart from Malaysia Hishamuddin Hussein reiterated that the catastrophe occurred in the airspace of Ukraine and she is fully responsible for what happened.

October 8, 2014

The Ministry of Defense was outraged by the version of the Kiev siloviki about Russia’s involvement in the collapse of Boeing.

November 15, 2014

The Foreign Ministry said that the investigation of the collapse of Boeing is artificially inhibited “not without the participation of the United States.”

December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014 “Komsomolskaya Pravda” reported that she found a witness who allegedly saw how Boeing was shot down by a Ukrainian military aircraft Su-25, which was controlled by the pilot Voloshin.

December 24, 2014

The Investigative Committee allegedly received evidence of involvement of the Ukrainian aircraft in the wreck of Boeing.

3 June 2015

The Investigative Committee named the name of the witness – he was a citizen of Ukraine Yevgeny Agapov, he was placed under state protection.

June 5, 2015

The Defense Ministry called “absurd” statements that Ukraine does not have Buk complexes.

4 July 2015

In an interview with American director Oliver Stone , Putin said that the MN-17 flight in Ukraine was allegedly observed by a Spanish dispatcher and saw two Ukrainian military aircraft next to Boeing. “There was no other military machine, except Ukrainian, there could be,” Putin said.

In the evening of July 17, 2014, RT published a tweet, supposedly owned by the dispatcher Carlos, working at the airport Borispol. Carlos argued that before the crash of the MN-17 near him circled military aircraft of Ukraine.

In March 2018 it turned out that the dispatcher was in fact a tried-and-trusted Spanish swindler. He said that RT paid him $ 48,000 for a tweet about the crash.

July 15, 2015

SK said that Boeing was shot down by an air-to-air missile not of Russian production. These data also allegedly confirmed the testimony of the witness Agapov.

October 13, 2015

Air Defense Almaz-Antey came to the conclusion that Boeing was shot down by a missile withdrawn from armament in Russia. The specialists of the concern established the type of the missile – 9M38, and also that it was launched from the settlement of Zaroshchenskoye, which was under the control of the Ukrainian military during the catastrophe.

October 14, 2015

The Rosaviatsia stated that the Security Council in the Netherlands was building an investigation into the crash under its own version.

October 22, 2015

The Foreign Ministry said that the main reason for the collapse of Boeing is that Kiev did not close the airspace during the military operation.

March 7, 2016

On March 7, 2016, the Ministry of Defense accused the Bellingcat group of falsifying the data on the collapse of Boeing. Before that, Bellingcat reported that she had managed to find out the number of “Buka” that shot down the plane – the researchers stated that the 332 fire unit was assigned to the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade from Kursk.

September 26, 2016

The Ministry of Defense said that near Boeing there were no other facilities, except for two civilian airliners. At the same time, the department accused the Ukrainian side of concealing information that “would allow us to establish the full picture.”

September 28, 2016

The Ministry of Defense put into question the findings of an international investigation group. She said that Boeing was shot down with a Buka rocket controlled by militiamen, who was brought to the Donbas from Russia and then returned back. On the same day, the department addedthat no Russian missile-antiaircraft complexes, including Buk, had crossed the border with Ukraine.

June 6, 2017

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he “would not take on faith” a new investigation Bellingcat. The group of researchers again came to the conclusion that Buk 332 was assigned to the 53rd SAM.

May 24, 2018

The Ministry of Defense refused to recognize the conclusions of the international investigation group that Boeing shot down the Russian Armed Forces from the Buka. The department said that Russian anti-aircraft missile systems never crossed the border of Ukraine.

May 25, 2018

On May 25, 2018, the Ministry of Defense announced that the Buka engine belongs to the Ukrainian military. The Defense Ministry told that the deadline for the operation of the engine, produced in 1986, expired in 2011. After that, such missiles in the Russian armed forces were seized, written off and sent for recycling. The Ministry of Defense stressed that the order concerns only Russian air defense units. Ukraine in 1991 received about 20 battalions of “Buka” and since then has not received “any new anti-aircraft missile”.

September 17, 2018

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the missile from which the MN-17 was shot down over the Donbas belonged to Ukraine. The Buk anti-aircraft missile was sent there on December 29, 1986, having been transferred to the military unit of 20152 in the Carpathian Military District in the Ternopil region. Now this part is in Ukraine as the 223rd Air Defense Missile Regiment.

Russia continues to deny its involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing. The Ministry of Defense asserts that the missile that the plane was shot down was taken to Ukraine in Soviet times and belonged to the Ukrainian military unit. The international investigation believes that the plant was taken to the Donetsk region from Russia, and then taken back.

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