Introduction — July 20, 2014
The steady drumbeat of accusation and censure against President Putin over MH17 continues relentlessly. Again and again in Western news reports on the downing of the plane, President Putin and/or Russia’s complicity is implied, although it is never categorically proven.
The possibility that the downing of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was in fact a false flag is never even hinted at.
Instead we get repeated and unproven allegations of Russian complicity while key facts are omitted. In the following Reuters report below for instance the fact that the Ukrainian armed forces also possesses the Buk M-1 anti-aircraft system is not even mentioned.
This is a critical omission given the possibility that the downing of MH17 was actually a false flag operation. This very real possibility is not hinted at in the following report.
Coupled with this biased media coverage, Western political leaders are now calling for the imposition of tougher new sanctions against Russia. This while a proper investigation into the tragedy has still not got underway. Almost as if Western leaders had already made up their minds, or were following instructions to isolate Russia.
Either way this is all extremely ominous. Meaning that if events carry on apace we could soon see military confrontation between Russia and the West.
US believes Russia gave rebels missiles that downed MH17
Agence France-Presse — July 20, 2014
The United States believes Moscow provided Ukrainian rebels with the missile launchers that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, and moved them back into Russia after it was hit, US newspapers reported late Saturday.
A US official speaking on condition of anonymity told the Washington Post intelligence services were “starting to get indications… a little more than a week ago” that three Russian launchers had been moved into Ukraine.
The Post said Vitaly Nayda, Ukraine’s counterintelligence chief, had photographs and related evidence that three Buk M-1 antiaircraft missile systems moved from rebel-held territory into Russia early Friday, less than 12 hours after the plane was downed.
“We do believe they were trying to move back into Russia at least three Buk [missile launch] systems,” the US official told the Post.
Kiev has accused the pro-Moscow militias of using a Russian-supplied Buk system to down the jet after confusing it with a Ukrainian military transporter.
An earlier report by Reuters cited circumstantial evidence pointing increasingly to the separatists, and quoting Western officials and analysts as pointing to rebel claims of shooting at Ukrainian military aircraft at approximately the same time.
The rebels were believed to have used a similar system to shoot down a Ukrainian Antonov AN-26 aircraft on Monday, said the Reuters report.
According to Nayda, two antiaircraft systems were spotted entering Russia at 2 am Friday, one with its full complement of four missiles but the other apparently missing a missile.
Two hours later, at 4 am, Nayda said a convoy of vehicles that included one of the launchers crossed into Russia.
Focus on Buk systems
The Buk systems, also known as the SA-11 Gadfly, are self-propelled tracked vehicles that carry surface-to-air missiles.
US President Barack Obama and major world leaders believe the Malaysia Airlines jet was blown out of the sky at 33,000 feet (10,000 metres) by a sophisticated surface-to-air missile fired from rebel-controlled territory.
The attack killed all 298 people on board.
Ukraine accuses Russia of helping the militias to hide and destroy key evidence that could prove their alleged involvement.
“The assumption is they’re trying to remove evidence of what they did,” an unnamed senior US official told The Wall Street Journal.
The WSJ also quoted the official as saying new US intelligence assessments indicate Moscow likely provided pro-Russia separatists with sophisticated antiaircraft systems in recent days, matching the evidence put forward by Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin rejects all charges of providing funding or military support to the pro-Russian insurgents, and blames Ukrainian authorities for the tragedy.
Rebel commanders have also denied being in possession of any functioning Buk systems.