Spiegel: Review finds rebels shot down MH17 in Ukraine

Introduction — Oct 19, 2014

MH17 crash siteThe following report doesn’t specify exactly what led German federal intelligence service (BND) to conclude that “pro-Russian” militia fired the BUK surface-to-air missile that downed Flight MH17.
It only says that the BND has intelligence “suggesting” that pro-Russian militia fired the missile.
However, this evidence sounds like a loaded dice because claims that the pro-Russian separatists used a “captured” BUK missile system to down Flight MH17 are open to question. It could just as easily have been downed by a BUK surface-to-air missile belonging to the Ukrainian Air Defence force.
Certainly photographic evidence of wreckage from the downed Boeing indicates damage from an explosion with shrapnel. However that doesn’t tell us who fired the missile. It could also just as easily have come from an air-to-air missile; and there are eyewitness accounts from villagers nearby who claim to have seen a jet fire a missile at the Malaysian Boeing 777.
The Western news media has pointedly ignored these accounts. They were broadcast shortly after MH17 went down but were hurriedly removed from the BBC’s Ukrainian service
All of which makes this BND review look like an attempt to frame Russia for shooting down MH17.

Spiegel: Review finds rebels shot down MH17 in Ukraine

Deutsche Welle — Oct 19, 2014

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<http://www.dw.de/mh17-probe-goes-on-as-ukraine-death-toll-mounts/a-17828817> 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 agency’s findings, including satellite images and diverse photo evidence, to members of the parliamentary control committee responsible for monitoring the work of German intelligence on October 8.

According to Spiegel, the BND has intelligence suggesting that pro-Russian separatists captured a BUK air-defense missile system at a Ukrainian military base, and fired a missile on July 17 that exploded in the vicinity of the Malaysian aircraft.

International leaders and Ukraine’s government have accused the separatists of firing at the commercial airliner with weapons supplied by Russia. Moscow has blamed Ukraine’s military.

“It was pro-Russian separatists,” Spiegel quoted Schindler as saying. According to the magazine, he also told the panel that the BND’s review had come up with unambiguous findings – for example, that claims from Russia that the missile had been fired by Ukrainian soldiers and that a fighter jet had been flying close to the Malaysian airliner were false.

A spokesman for the German Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Karlsruhe told Spiegel that an investigation has been opened into unknown perpetrators because of the possibility that the downing constituted a war crime.

In September, a preliminary report by a Dutch investigative commission analyzed satellite and radar information, as well as the flight’s black boxes. It concluded that the aircraft had likely been hit “by a large number of high-energy objects,” but did not assign blame. A full report is expected in mid-2015.

nm/mkg (AFP, Reuters, dpa)

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