Skip to comments.Russian Involvement Suspected In Crash Killing 295
Posted on 07/17/2014 4:16:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed and burned in eastern Ukraine on July 17 after being shot down by a missile in what President Petro Poroshenko called a terrorist act. All all 295 people on board, including 280 passengers and 15 crew members, are presumed dead.
Security Services of Ukraine chief Valentyn Nalivaichenko, at a late night news conference, said the government is making all evidence in the investigation public, including intercepted phone calls between two members of the Russian military special services unit known as the GRU in which they discussed shooting down the airplane.
However, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied any involvement, saying Ukraine is responsible. However, Ukrainian officials say the Kremlin-backed separatists evidently mistook the commercial aircraft for a Ukrainian military one in an area of fighting between the government and Russian-supported forces.
In the conversation, Nalivaichenko says that one Russian officer who is a terrorist bastard calls another, identified as Russian Col. Vasily Geranin, to report that subordinates who arrived on the crash scene discovered that it was a civilian airliner downed with lots of casualties. Other news reports from the scene in a field in Donetsk Oblast, near the city of Torez, suggest that Kremlin-backed separatists have seized the airlines flight recorder, crucial to any investigation, and are taking it to Moscow.
Nalivaichenko said our first task is to investigate who among the Russian commanders gave the order to shoot down the plane.
The commercial Boeing 777 airlines was flying at an altiude of 10 kilometers or 33,000 feet when, according to the Interior Ministry, the plane was brought down by a ground-to-air missile.
Russian-backed separatist commander Igor Girkin, also known as Strelkov, initially claimed credit for the downing of a military transport airplane. He revised his statement later.
We did warn you do not fly in our sky, he wrote on VK.com, Russias version of Facebook. Since the Ukrainian government doesnt control the area where the plane crashed, heavy suspicion especially in light of Nalivaichenkos public release of intercepted conversations falls on Russian military forces for carrying out the strike.
If proved, the murder of 295 civilians would almost surely bring a much swifter and stronger reaction from the West, including the United States and European Union, whose leaders have been reluctant to impose tough sanctions on Russias key economic sectors of finance, military and energy.
The 295 people aboard the plane possibly included 23 Americans and nine British citizens as well as 15 crew members.
U.S. President Barack Obama said on July 17 that we are working to determine whether there were American citizens on board. That is our first priority .The U.S. will offer any assistance we can to determine what happened and why our thoughts and prayers are with all the families of the passengers, wherever they call home.
The flight departed at 12:14 p.m. from Amsterdam en route to Kuala Lumpur, and was reportedly shot down around 4:20 p.m.
Russian and Western journalists reported seeing mangled bodies and passports of American, Russian, Dutch and Malaysian citizens, among others, at the scorched crash site.
Poroshenko announced the government is launching an investigation into the incident, but called the event a terrorist act. He said Ukrainian forces had nothing to do with the plane crash. According to the anti-terrorist operations information center, Ukraines military aviation did not fly on July 17.
Malaysian President Mohd Najib Tun Razak tweeted: I am shocked by reports that an MH plane crashed. We are launching an immediate investigation.
The separatist leader Girkin initially claimed credit in a tweet that was later removed.
The plane has just been taken down somewhere around Torez (Donetsk Oblast). It lays there behind the Progress mine. We did warn you do not fly in our sky. And here is the video proving another bird falling down. The bird went down behind the slagheap, not in the residential district. So no peaceful people were injured.
Girkin is a Moscow native who, according to the Security Service of Ukraine, is a high-ranking officer in Russias military intelligence department.
It appears that, despite their denials, the Russian-backed separatists had weapons capable of downing a commercial flight at least 10 kilometers or 33,000 feet high. On June 29, representatives of Donetsk Peoples Republic boasted that they took over a Ukrainian military base that had Buk long-range missiles.
The operational range of missiles fired by Buk is up to 25 kilometers, or 2.5 times the altitude at which the Malaysian plane flew.
Many airlines, including Air France, Aeroflot and British Airlines, said they will avoid Ukrainian airspace. An Interfax report said the plane came down 50 kilometers (or 20 miles) short of entering Russian airspace. It began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory, the unnamed source said.
In a telephone interview with Channel 5, a Torez resident said that when the plane spiraled down after being hit, it looked like a cargo transport plane, and only later did we realize it was a passenger plane.
Ukraines government forces and Russia-backed separatists continue to fight for control of the heavily industrialized population centers of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, home to 15 percent of Ukraine near the Russian border.
Two Ukrainian military planes were shot down in the area in the past few days. Ukraines government accuses Russia of complicity.
Find the transcript of the phone conversations show Kremlin-backed fighter telling Russian military intelligence office here.
Not to worry on this folks, CBS news just had Hillary on to give us her analysis.
Putin is simply squeezing obamas balls.
I know it’s early in the process of data gathering. But Putin/Russia controls the mercenaries in E Ukraine. If these guys did in fact shoot down the airliner...Putin is complicit.
IMO...this may well lead to Putin’s eventual downfall. These old KGB trained Russians don’t want to let go of power and Putin succumbed to an aggressive overreach when he invaded Ukraine.
Here’s hoping Putin goes quietly into the night w/ his young mistress and retires. Heaven knows he’s managed to pillage enough $$ from the Russian people.
While Obama is squeezing Reggies'.
Cue the Putin lovers/apologists. For the life of me I cannot understand the love many on this forum have for this ex KGB Soviet Communist thug. This airliner was brought down by an SA-17. The SA-17 is deployed as part of an IADS(Integrated Air Defense System), of which the Russians have one of if not the most formidable IADS in the world. You can’t just pull Joe Shiite the Ragman off the street, stick him in an SA-17 and let him go to town. These SAM crews are highly trained. As part of the overall IADS, someone up the chain had to give the word to engage. That someone knew exactly what this aircraft was. This is on Putin, he owns this.
Was it an SA 17 or SA 11? Thanks
Remember folks, the Obama Administration has been telling us for almost two years that Benghazi was caused by a baloney video. Now, they know within a few hours that a missile did it and they know what kind of missile it was and that the Ukrainians didn’t do it? It could very well be some really bad stuff, but I’d wait a while before making any pronouncements
From everything I have found it was an SA-17. The SA-17 is the modern replacement for the SA-11.
As bad as Obama was with Putin, let’s be honest, compared to Bush he’s Patton towards Obama. Bush couldn’t stop flirting with him and wanted to get gay-married to Putin.
Dude there is video all over the place of this shoot down. We know for a fact there are SAM assets in the area. How many damn aircraft have to fall out of the Ukrainian sky before you take off your tin foil hat?
What was Putin doing with Bush in office, compared to what he’s doing now.
I think Putin had a healthy respect for President Bush.
Bush was in love with Putin. He’d do anything Putin wanted.
It appears the crew that manned that 9K37 Buk missile system didn't have enough training and instead of shooting down what was supposed to be a Ukrainian An-26, they accidentally shot down a jet airliner.
Key passage from article...
“despite their denials, the Russian-backed separatists had weapons capable of downing a commercial flight at least 10 kilometers or 33,000 feet high. On June 29, representatives of Donetsk Peoples Republic boasted that they took over a Ukrainian military base that had Buk long-range missiles.”
From March 10, 2014...
Russian troops seize hospital, missile base in Ukraines Crimea
Russian soldiers disarmed servicemen at a Ukrainian Army missile base overnight Friday. Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told a local TV station that some 200 troops approached the building and threatened to charge it if the Ukrainian soldiers refused to give up their weapons.
Crimeas parliament has set a March 16 referendum on joining Russia, which has been denounced by Ukraines government.
March 25, 2014...
the seized armaments include ships, the underwater infrastructure of the Ukrainian Navy that has no analogues anywhere else in the Black Sea, Marine Corps weapons, including MANPADS, air defense systems, and, in particular, Buk M1 missile systems.
July 17, 2014.
BUK missile launchers are capable of taking down aircraft the size of a Boeing 777 flying at a cruising altitude of 33,000 feet, meaning the impact is likely to have blown the plane apart in the sky
“What difference does it make?”
Has the State Dept. confirmed 23 Americans were on board?