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Friday, 20 March 2015

MH17 and why I think that Russia was responsible for it being shot down

On July the 17th, I posted an entry on my blog about MH17 and the aim of the post was to show that the rebels in Ukraine were responsible for shooting it down using a Russian surface to air missile.  I knew that any smoking guns on the internet at the time would be hard to find later.

Basically, after MH17 was blown out of the sky, posts were made that the rebels had shot it down.  Once it became apparent, that the plane that was destroyed was a commercial airliner, those posts vanished as they were deleted.  However, ITAR-TASS reported the destruction on the day of a plane and stated that the rebels in Ukraine shot it down and that this occurred on the outskirts of the town of Torez.

I have posted this on Twitter and it has led to confusion as the article also refers to a plane shot down on another day.

So I have decided to include links about the ITAR-TASS article with this post.

DONETSK, July 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Militiamen of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) brought down a military transport Antonov-26 (An-26) plane of the Ukrainian Air Force on the outskirts of the town of Torez, eyewitnesses said. A missile hit the An-26, it fell on the ground and caught blaze, they said. On July 14, militiamen of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic downed another An-26 of the Ukrainian Air Force.

As you can see from the links the Ukrainian air force has had planes shot down (and it has accused Russia of some of these incidents directly) but only one plane was shot down on July the 17th (this being MH17), and only one plane has been shot down near Torez (this being MH17).

So, the article which I linked to, where ITAR-TASS reports on Ukrainian rebels shooting down a plane on the 17th can only refer to MH17.  Which means that Russian news states that the Ukrainian rebels shot down MH17.

Please tell me if I am wrong about this claim or if there are flaws in my argument.  And thank you for reading this.

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