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  • MH17 Victims: Parents Whose 3 Children Died In Crash Welcome Baby Girl

    05/15/2016 5:41:26 AM PDT · by xp38 · 9 replies
    An Australian couple who lost three kids when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in 2014 has some happy news: they have welcomed a baby girl. Perth parents Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris’ kids – Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8 – were flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when their plane was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. The three kids were killed, along with their maternal grandfather Nick Norris.
  • Research group: images of twenty Russians responsible for downing MH17

    01/03/2016 3:52:43 PM PST · by annalex · 22 replies
    Dutch Public Broadcasting ^ | 1/2/2016 | Jikke Zijlstra, Michael Smit
    Research group: images of twenty Russians responsible for downing MH17 The number of people in the picture for the downing of flight MH17 is reduced to twenty Russian soldiers. They know which of them on July 17 2014 the Buk missile fired at the unit of Malaysia Airlines. That says Eliot Higgins, founder of the international collective research Bellingcat in an interview with NOS. The network of citizen journalists urged through social media and other public Internet resources on the military. A comprehensive report containing their names and photographs has Bellingcat two weeks ago given to the Dutch Public Prosecution...
  • Donald Trump says Russia isn't to blame for MH17, despite evidence

    10/20/2015 6:56:37 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 41 replies
    cnn.com ^ | CNN | Tal Kopan and Jim Sciutto
    Donald Trump says Russia isn't to blame for MH17, despite evidence Jim Sciutto-Profile-Image By Tal Kopan and Jim Sciutto, CNN Updated 12:21 PM ET, Thu October 15, 2015 | Video Source: CNN Washington (CNN)—Donald Trump doesn't believe there is enough evidence to blame pro-Russian separatists for last year's downing of a commercial airliner over Ukraine -- despite the fact that the U.S. intelligence community believes "with confidence" that pro-Russian separatists shot it down. "That's a horrible thing that happened," he said. "It's disgusting and disgraceful but Putin and Russia say they didn't do it, the other side said they did,...
  • Final report MH17. Dutch Safety Board: Buk surface-to-air missile system caused MH17 crash

    10/16/2015 6:21:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    Dutch Safety Board ^ | 13 October 2015 | Dutch Safety Board
    The crash of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 was caused by the detonation of a 9N314M-type warhead launched from the eastern part of Ukraine using a Buk missile system. So says the investigation report published by the Dutch Safety Board today. Moreover, it is clear that Ukraine already had sufficient reason to close the airspace over the eastern part of Ukraine as a precaution before 17 July 2014. None of the parties involved recognised the risk posed to overflying civil aircraft by the armed conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine. Download press release
  • MH17 Crash - English Spoken

    10/16/2015 6:21:20 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct 13, 2015 | Dutch Safety Board
    Video about the Dutch Safety Board’s investigation into the causes of the crash of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in the eastern part of Ukraine and the Board’s investigation into flying over conflict zones. The video was based on the Dutch Safety Board’s investigation reports, which were published on 13 October 2015.
  • How Dutch Investigators Rebuffed Russia’s Alternative MH17 Theories

    10/16/2015 6:21:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | October 13, 2015 | Mike Eckel and Carl Schreck
    Dutch investigators repeatedly rebuffed Russian efforts to insert alternative theories into an authoritative report about the July 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over eastern Ukraine, according to documents released along with the anxiously awaited report on October 13. Appendices published (here and here) with the Dutch Safety Board’s report show that Russia attempted to convince investigators to invoke "other scenarios," such as the possibility that Flight MH17 was struck by an air-to-air missile. Critics have accused Moscow of floating the air-to-air-missile and other theories in order to deflect attention from substantial evidence indicating the Boeing 777 was...
  • The Russian People Saw A Strikingly Different Picture Of MH17 Findings

    10/16/2015 6:21:12 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | October 14, 2015 | Tom Balmforth
    MOSCOW -- As Western media broadcast somber footage from a darkened room in the Netherlands dominated by an assembly of dented, shrapnel-riddled pieces of a passenger jet shot down over Ukraine’s conflict zone last year, the pictures on Russian TV on October 13 were dramatically different. [....] On their front pages and Internet sites, Russian media moved headlines that seemed aimed at absolving Moscow of any of the blame for the downing of Malasyia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed on July 17, 2014, on territory held by Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. “Experts Say MH17 Might Have Been Downed By...
  • MH17 report suggests efforts were made to cover up causes of disaster

    10/13/2015 1:32:20 PM PDT · by Agog · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/13/2015
    The long-awaited Dutch report into the shooting down of flight MH17 suggests attempts were made to cover up the causes of the disaster, including a bungled autopsy on the body of the captain in which metal fragments from a Buk missile were deliberately removed. *** The report by the Dutch safety board said that more than 120 objects, “mostly metal fragments”, were found in the body of the first officer, who had sustained “multiple fractures”.. When Dutch experts identified the captain’s body they found it had already “undergone an external and internal examination to remove foreign objects”. Despite apparent attempts...
  • Flight MH17 shot down by Russian-built Buk missile, Dutch report says

    10/13/2015 7:38:14 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 58 replies
    reuters ^ | 10/13 | By Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling
    Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board concluded on Tuesday in its final report on the crash in July 2014 that killed all 298 people on board, most of them Dutch. But the long-awaited findings of the board, which was not empowered to address questions of responsibility, did not point the finger at any group or party for launching the missile.
  • MH17 report 2015: Families warned of its ‘distressing’ nature as it could change the way we fly

    10/13/2015 2:00:27 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 17 replies
    News.com.au ^ | OCTOBER 13, 2015 | Robyn Ironside
    Data from black boxes, satellite imagery and photos from the crash site were expected to feature throughout the report and findings would be “based on objective analysis of available evidence”, the briefing note said. “The purpose of the report is to determine the cause of the accident, not identify who was responsible,” it said. The online sharing tool was launched in April, giving airlines up to date information about the airspace status of countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Egypt, Yemen and Mali. Other recommendations by the taskforce regarding conflict zone risk, included a comprehensive review of existing requirements...
  • Almaz-Antey Launches Next Generation Buk Missile Into Development (MH17 killer)

    08/12/2015 3:38:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Russian arms manufacturer says it has begun work on the next generation of the Buk medium-range advanced defense missile system. The V.V. Tikhomirova Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design announced on Tuesday that work has begun on the development of new versions of the Buk self-propelled medium-range surface-to-air missile system. "The management of Almaz-Antey, our parent company, has given us the task of working out a proposal for the further development of the Buk air defense missile system," Yuriy Beliy, NIIP's general director, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. "With Almaz-Antey, we will present our proposals to the Ministry of...
  • MH17: 'Russian missile parts' at Ukraine crash site

    08/11/2015 11:44:29 AM PDT · by moose07 · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 Aug 2015 | Jonathan Marcus,
    Fragments of a suspected Russian missile system have been found at the Flight MH17 crash site in Ukraine, investigators in the Netherlands say. They say the parts, possibly from a Buk surface-to-air system, are "of particular interest" and could help show who was behind the crash. But they say they have not proved their "causal connection" with the crash. MH17 crashed on land held by Russian-backed rebels in July 2014, killing all 298 on board. There were 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members on the Malaysian Airlines airliner. About two-thirds of those who died were Dutch nationals,...
  • Never-before-seen footage reveals Russian-backed rebels arriving at..wreckage of MH17 [Video@Link]

    07/16/2015 4:40:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 101 replies
    News.com.au [VIDEO AT LINK] ^ | 17.07.2015 | News.com.au
    RUSSIAN-backed rebels in Ukraine’s east believed they had shot down a Ukraine Airforce fighter jet as disturbing new footage shows them ransacking the luggage of passengers and crew from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. A year ago today, 298 passengers and crew including 38 Australian citizens and residents died aboard the Kuala Lumpur bound commercial flight after it was shot down over east Ukraine, 40km from the Russian border. Much footage exists particularly on the internet of the aftermath of the downed airliner, smouldering over three main wreckage sites about the rebel stronghold of the embattled Dontesk region. But, after a...
  • Russia Doctored Photos in Shooting Down of Airliner, Report Finds

    06/01/2015 3:23:56 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 31 May 15 | PATRICK REEVELL
    A new independent report finds that Russia doctored photos to implicate the Ukrainian military in the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner MH17 last July, casting doubt on Russian claims that neither separatists armed by Russia nor its own military were to blame for the disaster. The report is the latest by the independent analysis group, Bellingcat, which has been using open source material -- often video and photos posted on social media -- to provide hard evidence that Russia has been sending troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine to support rebels there, despite denials from the Kremlin. MH17 was...
  • Forensic Analysis of Satellite Images Released by the Russian Ministry of Defense

    05/31/2015 10:51:23 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 7 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | May 2015 | Bellingcat
    This is a recent report put out by Bellingcat which shows that the Russkies photoshopped their alleged evidence of Ukrainians shooting down MH17. This had been debunked through other means, for example, that the Ukrainian SU25, which was one of the possible culprits for this, is a ground attack plane that is too slow and can't reach the altitude the Russkies were claiming. Subsequently the Russkies got into a Wikipedia war trying to upgrade the SU-25 on the internet in order to fool stupid people. Nevertheless, if you still need more, this report goes into great detail showing that the...
  • Russian museum exhibits MH17 plane fragment for Victory Day show

    04/16/2015 2:12:18 PM PDT · by free_life · 12 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | April 16, 2015
    The fragment forms part of an exhibition marking 70 years since end of WWII A Russian museum plans to exhibit a plane fragment from downed flight MH17, despite the fact Dutch investigators are still combing the area for evidence to establish who exactly shot down the Boeing 777. Local media published photos of the fragment brought from the militant-held area of Donetsk by a Russian veteran's organisation, to the museum in the Russian coastal town of Eisk near the Ukrainian border. The so-called souvenir will form part of an exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over...
  • Russian secret services may have 'liquidated' troops who shot down MH17...

    03/07/2015 12:44:26 AM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/06/2015 | Will Stewart
    Russian secret services may have executed the troops suspected of shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, say sources involved in the investigation of the crash over eastern Ukraine. The Dutch-led probe is leaning towards a conclusion that a BUK missile fired from rebel-held territory downed the Boeing 777, killing all 298 on board. And it is highly likely the aircraft was shot out of the sky by Russian military personnel, according to a report by the Netherlands' state broadcaster NOS, citing anonymous sources in the police and the group of investigators working on the probe into the plane's loss.
  • New report says it proves Russian forces downed flight MH17

    01/11/2015 7:17:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | Jan. 10, 2015, 3:51 p.m. | Maxim Tucker
    A report released today by German investigative group CORRECT!V concludes that a Buk surface to air missile launcher operated by the 53rd Russian Air Defense Brigade shot down passenger jet MH17. The report, titled MH17: Searching for the Truth, marries fresh testimony from military experts, separatist fighters and residents of east Ukraine, with photo, video, social media and satellite evidence to produce a compelling account of the events that led to the tragic deaths of all the Malaysian Airlines flight’s 298 passengers and crew on July 17 2014.
  • Russia: NATO expansion is biggest threat we face - warns Ukraine it would be "dangerous" to do so

    12/27/2014 2:05:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 26, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Russia has adopted a new military doctrine, keeping North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) expansion first among its list of primary external threats. The revised doctrine [PDF in Russian - 29 pages with 58 sections], signed by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, is comparable to a 2010 version, which also listed NATO expansion as a primary threat. Additions to the doctrine include a highlighting of the threat from "global strategic antiballistic missile systems" and a Russian goal to protect its interests in the Arctic region, according to Russian state-funded news organization RT. The doctrine’s adoption comes days after Ukraine took a...
  • Russia says UN weakened by US support of Israel

    08/03/2006 7:25:01 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies · 1,002+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 02, 2006
    Russia and other UN Security Council members are unhappy Washington is blocking attempts to pressure Israel over its offensive in Lebanon, Vitaly Churkin, its ambassador to the United Nations, said. Churkin told the Izvestia newspaper in an interview published today that the US position had weakened the position of the United Nations on the crisis. "Discontent has been rising recently among Security Council member countries with the fact that the US is prepared to block any decision which would bring pressure to bear on Israel," Churkin said. "This discontent is expressed practically every day by many delegations during consultations on...
  • A Russophobic Rant From Congress

    12/09/2014 8:25:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government. Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10. As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War." H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy. Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem: "The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia...
  • Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul: Apologists for Vladimir Putin

    08/06/2014 12:40:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/06/2014 | Kim Zigfeld
    As Vladimir Putin’s tanks begin to roll forth from Russia like Sauron’s legions from Mordor, a pair of American villains is working hard to undermine our resolve against the greatest threat from Europe to American values and power, and indeed to world peace, since Adolf Hitler.Evgeny Feldman, a photographer for the maverick Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, recently visited a book store in Moscow and tweeted [1] a photograph from amongst its shelves. Among volumes on one topical shelf such as The Crimes of the U.S.A. and The Third World War and Forward to Victory, in which authors offered bloodthirsty...
  • Ron Paul Says U.S. May Share Responsibility for Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 12:17:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    time.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Jay Newton-Small
    Former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul claimed Sunday that the U.S. and European Union may share responsibility for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week. “While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report,” Paul, a former Republican congressman from Texas, wrote on his website. “They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when the EU and U.S. overthrew the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without U.S.-sponsored ‘regime change,’ it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in...
  • Ron Paul Defends Russia After Malaysian Plane Crash

    07/21/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 25 replies
    Nusiness Insider ^ | 7/21/14 | Colin Campbell
    Former Congressman Ron Paul defended the Russian government on Sunday and slammed Western leaders for spreading "propaganda" after a Malaysian Airlines plane was allegedly shot down by Kremlin-backed separatists in Ukraine. "Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said," the former presidential candidate wrote. "While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report." One of those unreported things, Paul claimed in his weekly "Texas Straight Talk" column, was the...
  • Cuba’s Fidel Castro Condemns ‘Primitive’ Accusations of Russia’s Role in Boeing Crash

    08/05/2014 12:00:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    ria.ru ^ | August 5, 2014
    BUENOS AIRES, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro dismissed Tuesday accusations of Moscow’s alleged role in the deadly Malaysian passenger plane crash as “primitive.” “Accusing the Russian Federation of destroying the Malaysian Boeing during the flight is horrifying primitivism,” Castro wrote in an article published in Cuba’s Granma newspaper. “Neither President Vladimir Putin, nor Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov nor other Russian leaders could have ever done such a stupid thing,” Castro stressed. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17. All 298 people on board,...
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 5:59:10 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 14. Nov 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Russian state TV has broadcast what it claimed to be a photo of the moment Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian fighter jet. But many commentators dismissed the image as a "crude fake". Late on 14 November, Russia's state-controlled Channel One TV broadcast what appeared to be a satellite photo of a passenger plane and a jet fighter in the skies above Donetsk, a separatist stronghold in Ukraine. It was, the report said, the moment the Ukrainian jet fired a missile at MH17.
  • Russian warplanes risking safety of European airliners, says Nato chief

    11/15/2014 4:02:51 PM PST · by McGruff · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Nov 2014 | David Blair
    Russia is placing civilian flights at risk by dispatching jet fighters and bombers into European airspace without following safety procedures, according to Nato’s secretary general. Jens Stoltenberg told the Telegraph that Nato fighters had intercepted Russian military aircraft over 100 times so far this year, compared with 30 such incidents in 2013.
  • Putin Will Leave G20 Summit Early After West Blasts Moscow Over Ukraine

    11/15/2014 11:39:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Time ^ | 1/15/14 | Sam Frizell
    Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions. “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters reports. President Barack Obama said the United States was at the forefront of “opposing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot-down of MH17.” German Chancellor Angela...
  • Is this the moment MH17 was shot down as it flew over Ukraine? Russia state broadcaster produces

    11/14/2014 11:55:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 14, 2014 | Will Stewart
    Russian experts have claimed Malaysian Boeing MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian warplane and not a ground to air missile. This follows the release of 'leaked' satellite images which show a missile streaking towards the passenger plane, produced tonight by Russia's main state broadcaster. It was claimed that the space pictures were from a British or US satellite.
  • Web users debunk Russian TV's MH17 claim

    11/15/2014 7:09:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    bbc.com ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vitaly Shevchenko
    Several commentators pointed out that the "Malaysia" logo on the plane from the photograph was in the wrong place. Maksim Kats, a Russian blogger, said the plane in the picture looked like a slightly altered version of the one that tops the search results if you Google "Boeing view from above" in Russian. It also happens to be a publicity photo of a Boeing 767, not a 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in July. Others noted that the fighter jet looked different from an Su-25 - the type which the Russian media had consistently claimed shot down MH17....
  • Abandon democracy, supporter tells Putin

    11/14/2014 9:18:32 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 15, 2014
    A man accused of travelling to Ukraine to recruit support for pro-Russian rebels has led a G20 rally calling for the end of democracy in Russia. About 30 Australian Cossacks, surrounded by almost as many police, marched through Brisbane's South Bank on Saturday, declaring their support for their "steel ruler", Russian President Vladimir Putin. The group's leader, Simeon Boikov, reportedly travelled to the Ukraine this year in support of pro-Russian rebels and bragged on his Facebook page about entering the war zone. Mr Boikov denied the media reports and said he was seeking defamation action. "They've blamed everybody on the...
  • Abbott says Putin compensating for failing economy with military aggression

    11/13/2014 7:43:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    9news.com.au ^ | November 14, 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Vladmir Putin of a "regrettable pattern" of military aggression which has culminated in warships off northern Australia. At a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron today, Mr Abbott linked the decline of Russia's economy with an increase in that nation's assertiveness. "It is part of a regrettable pattern, whether it's the bullying of Ukraine, whether it’s the increasing Russian military aircraft flying into the airspace of Japan, European countries, or whether it’s the naval task group which is now in the South Pacific, Russia is being much more assertive now than...
  • MH17: Source of the Separatists' Buk; A Bellingcat Investigation

    11/10/2014 4:03:27 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Bellingcat ^ | N.D. | Bellingcat MH17 Investigation Team
    It is the opinion of the Bellingcat MH17 investigation team that there is undeniable evidence that separatists in Ukraine were in control of a Buk missile launcher on July 17th and transported it from Donetsk to Snizhne on a transporter. The Buk missile launcher was unloaded in Snizhne approximately three hours before the downing of MH17 and was later filmed minus one missile driving through separatist-controlled Luhansk. The Bellingcat MH17 investigation team also believes the same Buk was part of a convoy travelling from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade in Kursk to near the Ukrainian border as part of a...
  • The Malaysia Airlines Crash Is the End of Russia’s Fairy Tale

    07/18/2014 11:12:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18 | Anne Applebaum
    Before there is any further discussion of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, it’s important that one point be made absolutely clear: This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane. From the beginning, the Russian government did not send regular soldiers to Ukraine. Instead, it sent Russian mercenaries and security service operatives such as Igor Strelkov — the commander in chief in Donetsk and a Russian secret police colonel who fought...
  • Kremlin-Backed Insurgents Now Claim Malaysia Airlines Plane Was Carrying Corpses

    07/18/2014 1:24:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    After the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed on July 17 in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast with 298 people on board, Kremlin-backed enthusiastically claimed credit, saying they thought they had shot down another Ukrainian military transport plane. “We did warn you - do not fly in our sky,” Kremlin-backed separatist leader Igor Girkin, a Russian intelligence service officer, wrote on his official Vkontakte soon after the tragedy. Though when the gravity of the mistake became obvious, the Russian-backed insurgents backpedaled and claimed innocence. The statements of Girkin posted on his Vkontakte page on July 18 appeared to be a lot more confusing....
  • Skirt-fronting Putin Can Help Eradicate Islamic State Crisis

    10/22/2014 12:14:59 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/22/14 | David Singer
    “Skirt-fronting” could well become the new buzz word in international diplomacy The possibility of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott shirt-fronting Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Brisbane next month over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 in Ukrainian sovereign territory with the loss of all on board - including 38 Australians - has receded following Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s 25 minute meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Asian Europe Summit held in Milan this week. Abbott had vowed: “I’m going to shirtfront Mr Putin. I am going to be saying to Mr...
  • Spiegel: Review finds rebels shot down MH17 in Ukraine

    A review by Germany's foreign intelligence agency has found that MH17 was brought down by a missile fired by separatists. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the plane's downing. A detailed analysis conducted by Germany's federal intelligence service (BND) concluded that separatists near Donetsk were responsible for bringing down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the news magazine Spiegel reported on Sunday. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 while on route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 passengers on board were killed, most of them Dutch nationals. BND President Gerhard Schindler presented the...
  • Australian MH17 crash victim 'had time to put oxygen mask on', says Dutch foreign minister

    10/09/2014 9:20:20 PM PDT · by DTA · 30 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 2014-10-10 | Barbara Miller
    One of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash was found wearing an oxygen mask, raising the possibility that some passengers may have been conscious as the aircraft went down in eastern Ukraine. Nearly 300 people died when the passenger jet crashed in July while flying over insurgent-held territory in eastern Ukraine. "You know that somebody was discovered wearing an oxygen mask and had time to put it on," Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans said on a late night Dutch chat show. The foreign minister suggested the passengers may have been conscious as the plane went down. The...
  • $30 Million Bounty Offered for MH17 Attackers as Ukraine Turmoil Continues

    09/18/2014 12:07:32 AM PDT · by free_life · 28 replies
    Vicenews ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | Olivia Crellin
    A German company is offering a $30 million bounty for the identities of the individuals responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine this summer. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are suspected of firing surface-to-air missiles at the civilian aircraft, which crashed July 17 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board. A preliminary report carried out by Dutch investigators said that the crash was the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing plane from the outside. Wifka, an independent German fraud investigation company, said...
  • Malaysian Jet Over Ukraine Was Downed by ‘High-Energy Objects,’ Dutch Investigators Say

    09/09/2014 5:58:06 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 9, 2014 | ANDREW HIGGINS and NICOLA CLARK
    BRUSSELS — Eight weeks after a Malaysia Airlines plane disintegrated over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard and triggering a frenzy of East-West finger-pointing, investigators, in their first account of the calamity on Tuesday, released evidence consistent with an attack by a surface-to-air missile but shed no clear light on who was responsible. A preliminary report issued in The Hague by the Dutch Safety Board, which is leading an international effort to get to the bottom of the tragedy, gave some indirect support to assertions by the United States and Ukraine that pro-Russian rebels shot down the aircraft with...
  • MH17 destroyed in instant by 'number of high-energy objects', says report

    09/09/2014 12:46:36 PM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 September 2014 | Julian Borger and Gwyn Topham
    <p>Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was destroyed in an instant when the cockpit and other parts of the fuselage were peppered by "a large number of high-energy objects," causing the plane to break apart over eastern Ukraine before anyone could raise an alarm, according to a preliminary report on the disaster which was released on Tuesday.</p>
  • MH17 disaster: Russians 'controlled BUK missile system'

    09/08/2014 2:31:33 PM PDT · by Agog · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/08/2014 | John Sweeney
    Russians were operating a BUK missile launcher seen in the area where the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet MH17 was shot down, eyewitnesses have told Panorama. Distinctive shrapnel damage to the plane points to a fragmentation weapon - such as a BUK - downing the plane. The Kremlin had previously suggested that the missile was from a Ukrainian fighter jet. Pro-Russian rebels have denied any possession of a BUK. However, photographs and videos cast doubt on the claim by the Kremlin and pro-Russian rebels - that they did not have a BUK missile launcher on their territory. Three eyewitnesses, all civilians,...
  • Garry Kasparov: It’s a War, Stupid!

    08/30/2014 8:50:50 PM PDT · by Semper911 · 69 replies
    Time ^ | 8-30-2014 | Garry Kasparov
    As Russian troops and armored columns advance in Eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian government begs for aid from the free world it hoped would receive it and protect it as one of its own. The leaders of the free world, meanwhile, are struggling to find the right terminology to free themselves from the moral responsibility to provide that protection. Putin’s bloody invasion of a sovereign European nation is an incursion, much like Crimea — remember Crimea? — was an “uncontested arrival” instead of Anschluss. A civilian airliner was blown out of the sky just six weeks ago –—remember MH17? — and...
  • MH-17 Shoot Down Alters Air Force’s Space Equation

    08/14/2014 9:24:02 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz. ^ | July 24th, 2014 | Michael Hoffman
    Russia builds all of the rocket engines that deliver U.S. military satellites into space. Gen. William Shelton, U.S. Space Command, said Tuesday the recent missile attack on Malaysian passenger jet that killed 298 people will not result any change to this (crony driven, United Launch Alliance) RD-180 engine arrangement. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., SpaceX, has sued the Air Force for the oppertunity to compete, for contracts that provide lift to military and intel satellite. Right now, only ULA is allowed to "compete" for the $9 billion Engine project. //Snip// Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin threatened in May to cut...
  • ‘Western media neglect of Moscow’s MH17 evidence is shameful’

    08/13/2014 10:09:35 AM PDT · by McGruff · 32 replies
    Russia Today ^ | August 13, 2014
    <p>Nearly one month has passed since Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over the skies of eastern Ukraine, taking the lives of 298 people.</p> <p>An international investigation is now underway, led by the Netherlands, with members from Ukraine, Malaysia, the United States, Russia and others.</p>
  • Ron Paul: US 'likely hiding truth' on downed Malaysian Flight MH17

    08/10/2014 10:58:30 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 50 replies
    Russia Propaganda Today ^ | August 10, 2014 | unattributed, naturally
    Former Congressman Ron Paul said the US knows ‘more than it is telling’ about the Malaysian aircraft that crashed in eastern Ukraine last month, killing 298 people on board and seriously damaging US-Russian relations in the process. In an effort to inject some balance of opinion, not to mention pure sanity, into the ongoing debate over what happened to Malaysian Flight MH17, Ron Paul is convinced the US government is withholding information on the catastrophe. "The US government has grown strangely quiet on the accusation that it was Russia or her allies that brought down the Malaysian airliner with a...
  • Ron Paul: US ‘hiding truth’ on downed Malaysian plane

    08/10/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/08/14 06:08 PM EDT | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) accused the U.S. government of “hiding” the truth behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine last month. “The U.S. government has grown strangely quiet on the accusation that it was Russia or her allies that brought down the Malaysian airliner with a Buk anti-aircraft missile,” Paul said on his news website Thursday. […] “It’s hard to believe that the U.S., with all of its spy satellites available for monitoring everything in Ukraine, that precise proof of who did what and when is not available,” the former lawmaker and GOP...
  • Ukraine Says Rebels Mistook Doomed Flight MH17 for Aeroflot Plane

    08/10/2014 3:49:43 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The St. Petersburg Times ^ | August 9, 2014 (Issue # 1823) | Anna Dolgov
    Ukraine has claimed that pro-Moscow separatists downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 after mistaking it for a Russian Aeroflot plane that they supposedly wanted to shoot down to provide Moscow with a pretext for invading Ukraine. [....] Ukrainian Security Service head Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said Thursday that separatists had intended to hit an Aeroflot airliner that was headed from Moscow to Larnaca, Cyprus, and whose flight path passed close to that of the Malaysian jet. Separatists were "ordered" to position a Buk anti-aircraft missile near the village of Pervomaisk in eastern Ukraine, but because the fighters were Russian, not local, they confused...
  • SBU provides evidence of Aeroflot plane downing scheme by Russia

    08/10/2014 3:16:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    Zik TV ^ | Saturday 09 august, 2014, 16:43 | Zik TV
    Russia’s original plan was to down the Aeroflot plane, not the MH17, to create a pretext for the invasion of Ukraine, SBU chief Valentyn Nalyvajchenko said, speaking in Shuster Live TV program late Aug. 8.
  • Malaysia wants the ‘missing’ Ukrainian ATC tapes

    08/09/2014 5:00:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    New StraightsTimes ^ | 8-8-2014 | HARIS HUSSAIN AND TASNIM LOKMAN
    UKRAINE has denied that its State Security Service (SBU) had seized the air-to-ground transmission tapes between its air traffic controllers and Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on the day the jetliner was shot down. Its ambassador to Malaysia Ihor Humennyi, in an exclusive interview with the New Straits Times, said that reports alleging that the SBU had seized the recordings had not been independently verified or confirmed by Kiev. “There is no proof or any evidence that the tapes were confiscated by the SBU. “I only read this in the newspapers.” Almost immediately after the shootdown, several news agencies, including the...