March 27, 2023

Evidence of Putin’s role in Malaysian plane crash case Russia supplied missiles, indicated in the investigation

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Flight MH-17 on an international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014
It was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused of supplying fighter missiles

canberra, The investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 has found “strong indications” that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the supply of missiles used by separatists to bring down the plane. was done for. According to an article in The Conversation by Amy Maguire, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Rights and International Law at the University of Newcastle, the joint investigation team leading the investigation into the plane crash said that Russia’s refusal to cooperate in this matter was due to The investigation is nearing its end. At this time, this team will not be launching further prosecutions.

What’s so far in the MH-17 crash investigation

Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17 was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2014 as part of an international passenger flight, when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine. All 298 people aboard the plane were killed. This incident shook the international community. It had raised many questions of legal responsibility, whose answers are still being sought. To investigate this plane crash, a joint investigation team was first formed, in which investigators and prosecutors from the five countries most affected by the tragedy – Netherlands, Ukraine, Malaysia, Australia and Belgium – joined. According to the United Nations Security Council, the role of the investigation team is to conduct a full, thorough and independent international level investigation of the plane crash. The task of the Joint Investigation Team was extremely complex and lengthy, especially as the crash site was located in a conflict zone. In mid-2015, investigators gained proper access to the crash site in Ukraine.

They later interrogated 200 witnesses and intercepted 3,500 conversations and analyzed them. The investigative team also studied 20 weapons systems and scanned five billion Internet pages. Soil samples were taken from various international sites and missile launch sites were simulated in the five countries leading the investigation. Thousands of parts of the plane’s wreckage were examined. The main preliminary finding during the investigation was that the plane was shot down by a missile launched by the ‘Buk-Telar’ system located on farmland in an area of ​​Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Investigators determined that the missile and launcher had been transported from Russia prior to the attack and were later returned there.

An important result of the joint team’s work investigating the plane crash was the prosecution of four separatist fighters in the Netherlands. Three of them—Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Leonid Kharchenko—were found guilty last year. These people played a key role in transporting, positioning and returning the missile launcher to Russia. The three men were given life sentences and ordered to pay more than 16 million euros as compensation to the families of the victims. But, since the trial was conducted in their absence, it is highly unlikely that any of them will face actual punishment.

Putin’s role in the plane crash
The report released this week by the joint team probing the plane crash said the crew members responsible for the missile launcher had been traced and were given instructions from above. Investigators have revealed a great deal of information about decisions made before the plane was shot down, but the evidence is insufficient to further prosecute the suspects. The major problem in this matter is access to information. Russia has consistently denied responsibility and investigators have been prevented from collecting evidence from Russian citizens. Russia is also accused of giving false evidence.

Investigators believe the crew of the launcher were members of the Russian Army’s 53rd Brigade, based in Kursk. It appears that those crew members, if they were available for questioning, could explain what their assignments were in Ukraine and why MH-17 was shot down. The investigative team also found evidence that the separatists were in contact with Russian intelligence and the Kremlin’s presidential office. However, it is Putin’s possible role in the accident that is attracting the most attention. According to the investigators, there are “strong indications” that Putin had decided to supply the Buk-Telar launchers to the separatists. Intercepted phone calls revealed that Putin is the only person with the authority to approve the provision of heavy air defense systems such as Buk-Telar launchers to the separatists.

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