Kiev's New Attacks Endanger Probe of MH17 Tragedy as Evidence Surfaces that Government Forces May Have Staged Aircraft Shoot-down
July 22, 2014
Activist Post & Itar-Tass & InfoWars & Global Research
A top Ukraine official has admitted that insurgents did not possess the kind of missile used to shoot down the MH17 passenger jet. Evidence has surfaced that shows Kiev's "audio tape" of "insurgents' claiming responsibility was faked. As doubts continue to rise, the NATO-backed regime in Kiev has launched an offensive on the eastern city of Donetsk -- an attack that will further complicate an impartial, international investigation into the truth of what happened to the doomed passenger jet.
Kiev Attacks Donetsk, Headquarters for MH17 Response
Tony Cartalucci / Activist Post
(July 21, 2014) -- Reuters reported that the NATO-backed regime in Kiev has launched an offensive on the eastern city of Donetsk, Donetsk province. In its article, "Fighting erupts in Ukraine as crash investigators arrive," Reuters states:
Ukrainian army tanks were reported to be launching an assault to break pro-Russian rebels' hold on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday in the first major outbreak of hostilities in the area since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down last week.
A separatist leader said Ukrainian government forces were trying to break into Donetsk and fighting was under way near the railway station.
The provincial capital is being used as a headquarters to coordinate the cleanup, recovery, and investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on Donetsk by Kiev's forces will further complicate efforts to recover bodies, bring impartial, international investigators to the crash site, and arrive at the truth of what happened to the doomed flight.
Reuters would even admit, that even while Kiev's forces assaulted the city of Donetsk, the first international investigators had arrived in the city:
Three members of a Dutch disaster victims identification team arrived in Donetsk and were expected to visit a railway station near the crash site where nearly 200 bodies have been stored in refrigerated wagons.
No mention was made by Reuters regarding the security conditions the Dutch team would be working under, or what measures, if any, Kiev was taking to ensure their continued incursions into eastern Ukraine did not hamper the response to MH17. An armed assault into a potential crime scene does, however, raise as many suspicions as it does legitimate questions as to why those who have benefited the most from the downed airliner are now interfering with attempts to investigate the site.
While the West mocks eastern Ukrainians for their limited resources with which to respond to the disaster, the regime in Kiev the West is backing, by launching an assault on Donetsk, currently constitutes the greatest threat to resolving the MH17 disaster.
Prolonging a Baseless Narrative
While the West condemns efforts by eastern Ukrainians to respond to the downed airliner, it should be remembered that the region has been subjected to months of artillery barrages, air raids, and incursions by armored columns backed by Neo-Nazi militants from militias such as Right Sector. Much of the infrastructure the people of Donetsk would have responded to the downed airliner with has been exhausted after months of defending the province.
One article in particular by the Daily Mail titled, "A chilling echo of Nazi death trains as MH17 victims begin the grimmest journey," goes as far as comparing the separatists to Nazis simply for utilizing refrigerated train cars to store dead bodies while awaiting international investigators who still have not arrived on the scene.
The dubious propaganda piece trying to compare storing dead bodies on a refrigerated train after an air disaster to the Nazis' practice of putting live prisoners in boxcars to transport them to prison camps is particularly tasteless and misleading, considering many of the Nazis' victims put on those trains were the ancestors of those in Donetsk today fighting the fascists in Kiev -- fascists who openly venerate Nazism and WW2 Nazi collaborators like Stepan Bandera, whose image was ubiquitous during the so-called "Euromaidan" protests.
If and when any meaningful investigation gets underway, the narrative the West has been baselessly propagating will begin to unravel, just as it did in Syria following the August 2013 Ghouta sarin gas attack. Attempts to frame Russia for the disaster without evidence continues unabated, as does the mockery of the people in Donetsk who are struggling to cope with their own limited resources and the "intentional community's" sluggish and so far inadequate response.
With a renewed assault by Kiev and its NATO backers on the very city selected to coordinate the response to the MH17 disaster, it appears an effort is underway to delay any meaningful investigation or resolution to the disaster, thus prolonging the politically-charged climate of anger, emotions, and baseless accusations the West has been brazenly exploiting, for as long as possible.
It was the US itself that first demanded a ceasefire after the downing of MH17. In a report titled, "World leaders demand ceasefire," it stated:
US President Barack Obama called for an immediate ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia separatists. He also called for a credible investigation.
"The eyes of the world are on eastern Ukraine, and we are going to make sure that the truth is out," he said at the White House.
It now appears that the very regime the US has backed since they violently seized power in Kiev in late 2013-early 2014 have both broken the ceasefire agreement and are jeopardizing the truth the US demanded "comes out." The continued contempt for truth, due process, justice, and the rule of law exhibited by both the West and their various proxies around the world betray the image of "international norms" and "law" Washington, London, and Brussels purportedly subscribe to.
Evidence to Frame Russia for MH17 Shoot-Down Fabricated?
Paul Joseph Watson
(July 18, 2014) -- Evidence presented by Ukraine to implicate Russia in the shoot down of the Malaysian Airlines plane appears to have been fabricated.
Ukraine General Prosecutor:
Militias Do Not Have Ukrainian Buk Missile System
Itar-Tass & Global Research News
KIEV (July 18, 2014) -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said on July 17 that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 airliner had been downed by the Buk missile system
Militias in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics do not have Ukrainian air defense missile systems Buk and S-300 at their disposal, Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Vitaly Yarema told Ukrainian Pravda newspaper on Friday.
"After the passenger airliner was downed, the military reported to the president that terrorists do not have our air defense missile systems Buk and S-300," the general prosecutor said. "These weapons were not seized," he added.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko said on July 17 that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 airliner had been downed by an air defense missile system Buk.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 airliner on the way from the Dutch city of Amsterdam to the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur crashed in Ukraine on Thursday. All 298 people abroad the airliner died in the crash.
Moscow Calls for Probe into Malaysia
MH17 Flight Crash
(July 18, 2014) -- Russia urges an impartial and open investigation into the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine and an international commission to be set up. Addressing the UN, Russia's envoy Churkin said a probe into Ukraine's aviation authorities is also necessary.
"As we see it, it is necessary to investigate not only the crash itself but also how Ukraine's aviation authorities performed their professional duties," Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said as he questioned why a passenger flight was allowed over an area of armed conflict.
Malaysia Airline said in a statement on Friday that Ukraine's traffic controllers ordered the Boeing-777 to lower by 500 meters when the aircraft entered Ukrainian airspace. It added that pilots were supposed to fly at 35,000ft (10,660 meters) throughout Ukrainian airspace, but air traffic control on the ground instructed MH17 to fly at 33,000ft (10,058 meters).
Russia's envoy said ensuring the security of civilian aviation in a state's airspace is the responsibility of the state.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Churkin called for an international commission under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to be launched. He said that a thorough investigation into the crash should be conducted and its outcome should not be prejudged.
Churkin told reporters at UN headquarters that Russia did not shoot down the Ukrainian fighter jet.
"We didn't do it," Churkin said.
Despite no clear understanding of what happened in the sky over eastern Ukraine yet, Kiev and Washington rushed to blame anti-Kiev militias, which the US envoy to the UN claimed could have received "technical assistance from Russian personnel."
"We assess Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 carrying these 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur was likely downed by a surface-to-air missile, a SA-11 operated from a separatist-held location in eastern Ukraine," US envoy Samantha Power told the UN Security Council in New York.
She ruled out that "shorter range" systems, which self-defense forces possess -- manpads, SA-8, SA-13 systems -- could have been used to down the plane.
"Only SA-11, SA-20 and SA-22 are capable of hitting an aircraft at this flight's altitude of 33,000 ft," Powers said.
"Separatists were spotted hours before the incident with the SA-11 system at the location close to the sight where the plane came down," Power told the Council. "Because of the technical complexity of the SA-11 it is unlikely they could effectively operate the system without assistance from knowledgeable personnel. Thus we can't rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating the systems," she concluded.
Power's statement echoes Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, who earlier blamed "terrorists" for the incident and that he called "a terrorist act."
Russia's Foreign Minister said such accusations were "unacceptable pressure" on the investigators because "Ukrainian investigators will be guided in their work [by those statements]."
Addressing the UNSC, China has also called on world leaders not to jump to conclusions, saying that it will only "increase regional tensions and will not contribute to the search for the truth".
Argentina's envoy to the UN also warned against a "blame game" and called for prudence until the international investigation is completed.
The Security Council called for "a full, thorough and independent international investigation" in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines.
It stressed the need for "immediate access by investigators to the crash site to determine the cause of the incident."
Meanwhile, the first 30 of OSCE staff arrived at the scene of the crash on Thursday, Reuters cited the spokesman for the Swiss chairmanship of the OSCE Roland Bless as saying.
The Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 carrying almost 300 people on board crashed on Thursday as it was flying over Ukraine's Donetsk Region. Kiev officials and opposition fighting in the region blamed the incident on each other.
The UNSC members called the plane crash evidence of how the conflict in Ukraine was spilling outside the country.
A way out of the crisis in Ukraine is still possible through negotiations, Churkin said.
"The punitive operation in Ukraine's east has to be terminated immediately," he said. "Negotiations are still possible and eventually the right choice should be made."
Ukrainian Buk Battery Radar Was
Operational When Malaysian Plane Downed -- Moscow
(July 18, 2014) -- On Thursday, when a Malaysian Airlines plane was apparently shot down over Ukraine, a Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile battery was operational in the region, the Russian Defense Ministry said, contradicting Kiev's statements.
The battery was deployed at a site from which it could have fired a missile at the airliner, the ministry said in a statement. It said radiation from the battery's radar was detected by the Russian military.
"The Russian equipment detected throughout July 17 the activity of a Kupol radar, deployed as part of a Buk-M1 battery near Styla [a village some 30km south of Donetsk]," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry said the radar could be providing tracking information to another battery deployed in the region, which was at a firing distance from the plane's flight path.
Earlier Kiev said it could not have fired a missile at the passing civilian plane because it had no Buk missile launchers deployed in the region. At the same time the Ukrainians said the militias had no Buk systems in their hands, according to a statement from the country's Prosecutor General.
After the Russian ministry came out with the statement, Bogdan Senyk, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reiterated Kiev's position, saying that "anti-aircraft missiles have not been deployed during the anti-terrorist operation … they are all in place."
The Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 carrying almost 300 people on board crashed on Thursday as it was flying over Ukraine's Donetsk Region. The plane was apparently shot down by a surface-to-air missile, although both Kiev and the local militias fighting against it deny responsibility. A flurry of condemnations and calls for a swift investigation followed the disaster.
Russia Provides Photos that Kiev Forces
Deployed BUK Missiles In East Ukraine,
Radar Proof of Warplanes in MH17 Vicinity
Zero Hedge & Global Research
(July 21, 2014) -- Ukraine hasn't said how it immediately knew rebels downed Malaysian plane, notes the Russian Foreign Ministry, as it unveils 10 awkward questions for Ukraine (and perhaps the US ‘snap judgment') to answer about the MH17 disaster.
However, what is perhaps more concerning for the hordes of finger-pointers is that:
• RUSSIA HAS IMAGES OF UKRAINE DEPLOYING BUK ROCKETS IN EAST: IFX
• RUSSIA: UKRAINE MOVED BUK NEAR REBELS IN DONETSK JULY 17: IFX
• RUSSIA DETECTED UKRAINIAN FIGHTER JET PICK UP SPEED TOWARD MH17
Obviously, if there is proof that this is so, aside from CIA-created YouTube clips, these would deal another unpleasant blow to US foreign policy.
The Russian Defense Ministry Press Conference
Here is the full clip of the Russian ministry releasing its own forensic analysis of what happened to flight MH17 (with English translation).
Пресс-конференция представителей минобороны России по крушению Boeing-777
YouTube-Clip 28:47 min
Russia wants to know why Ukraine moved its BUK missiles systems the day of the MH17 crash:
RUSSIAN GENERAL STAFF HAS SPACE IMAGES OF SECTORS OF UKRAINIAN FORCES' POSITIONS IN SOUTHEASTERN UKRAINE, INCLUDING BUK MISSILE LUNCH SITES 8 KILOMETERS FROM LUHANSK – RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY – interfax
The day the Malaysian airliner crashed, the Ukrainian forces deployed an air defense group of three or four Buk-M1 missile batteries near Donetsk, Lt. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, head of the Russian General Staff's Main Operations Department, told reporters on Monday."
These surface-to-air systems are capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 35 kilometers at an altitude of 22 kilometers. For what purpose and against whom were these missile systems deployed? As is known, the militia has no aviation," he said. Russia has the flight paths of the Ukrainian fighters and MH17.
Furthermore, it is asking the same question we asked last Thurday:
RUSSIA SAYS MH17 DIVERGED 14 KM FROM FLIGHT PATH NEAR DONETSK
And wants to know why. The image (as seen in the presentation above) allegedly shows Ukraine fighter jets near MH17:
And asks for US proof of their accusations:
• RUSSIA SAYS U.S. SATELLITE FLEW OVER MH17 AT TIME IT WAS DOWNED… which would provide all the proof needed to show who is responsible – so why hasn't the US explained this or shown it?
• RUSSIA ASKS U.S. FOR EVIDENCE ROCKET FIRED FROM REBEL-HELD AREA
• RUSSIA: NO U.S. PROOF THAT MISSILE FIRED FROM REBEL-HELD AREA
• DEFENCE MINISTRY SAYS RUSSIA DID NOT DELIVER ANY SA-11 BUK MISSILE SYSTEMS TO SEPARATISTS IN EASTERN UKRAINE "OR ANY OTHER WEAPONS"
And went on to rebuke all the Twitter photos created by Maidan to 'prove' the BUKs were moving in Russian hands.
Summing it all up, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has 10 questions for Ukraine.
The global public expects a speedy and independent investigation into the causes of the Malaysian aircraft disaster in the airspace of Ukraine.
In order to conduct an objective investigation, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has asked ten questions to the Ukrainian side.
1. Ukrainian authorities immediately identified the militia as the perpetrators of the tragedy. What is the basis of such findings?
2. Could official Kiev to report all the details of using [BUKs] in a war zone? Most importantly – why these systems are deployed there, as the militia no planes?
3. What are the causes of inactivity of Ukrainian authorities on the formation of an international commission? When such a committee will work?
4. Are the armed forces of Ukraine international experts to present papers on accounting for missiles, air-to-air and ground-to-air ammo and anti-aircraft missiles?
5. Whether these funds objective control on the movement of the Ukrainian Air Force aircraft on the day of the tragedy brought international commission?
6. Why Ukrainian air traffic controllers allowed deviation of the route of the aircraft to the north side of the "anti-terrorist operation zone"?
7. Why was not completely closed to civilian aircraft airspace over the combat zone, especially because in this area there was no solid field of radar navigation?
8. Could official Kiev to comment on reports in the net, ostensibly on behalf of the Spanish air traffic controllers working in Ukraine, which shot down over the territory of Ukraine "Boeing" was accompanied by two Ukrainian military aircraft?
9. Why Security Service of Ukraine has begun without international representatives work with recordings of talks with Ukrainian crew dispatchers "Boeing" and Ukrainian radar data?
10. How were the lessons from previous similar disasters Russian Tu-154 in 2001 in the Black Sea? Then the leaders of Ukraine until the last minute denied any involvement of the Armed Forces of the country to the tragedy until irrefutable evidence showed no guilt official Kiev.
Unfortunately, there has been no response by the Ukraine side to these questions so far. We expect that there will be some answers.
Needless to say, this places Ukraine and The US (as main protagonist of "finger pointer") in an awkward position as finally someone, somewhere will have to present some actual facts instead of merely continuing the "emotional appeals" propaganda.
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