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MH-17’s Last Moments Shown in Russian Radar Clips

A Ukrainian SU-25 seen on Russian radar approaching MH-25 minutes before it crashed.

A presentation by the Russian Ministry of Defence (with English translation) sets out all the information they have in relation to the downing of MH-17. It shows radar clips from an air traffic control tower in Moscow, satellite photos of the Ukrainian Forces with a BUK missile defence system in the area of the MH17 crash site, and also the location where the short video was taken of a BUK being transported – supposedly from Russia – which the U.S. used as ‘evidence’ that the ‘rebels’ shot down MH-17.

From this presentation it is apparent that near the Donetsk area, MH-17 deviated to the north from its flight path. It then tried to manoeuvre back to the flight path but did not succeed in accomplishing this. At 5:23 p.m. the aircraft disappeared from Russian radar monitors.

Radar images show an SU-25 climbing towards MH-17, which can briefly climb up to 10,000 metres. What was the SU-25 doing at the same flight level as MH-17?

On July 14, satellite photos show the location of the Ukrainian BUK systems. They then show the BUK systems at a location close to rebel held territory and the MH-17 crash site. On July 18, they are no longer at this position.

The Russian Ministry of Defence points out that according to their dates, a U.S. satellite flew over the south-east Ukrainian territory on July 17. It was an experimental system designed to detect missile launches. The U.S. claims to have satellite photos which show that the rebels launched a missile, but as yet have not released these pictures. Why not?

Award winning former Associated Press reporter, Robert Parry, was told by a reliable  intelligence source that the United States has satellite imagery showing that Ukrainian troops were responsible for shooting down the MH17. The shoddy journalism has grown truly dangerous, says Parry. He wrote:

“What I’ve been told by one source, who has provided accurate information on similar matters in the past, is that U.S. intelligence agencies do have detailed satellite images of the likely missile battery that launched the fateful missile, but the battery appears to have been under the control of Ukrainian government troops dressed in what look like Ukrainian uniforms.”

While we were all hammered with propaganda that the Russians and the rebels shot down MH-17, the Russian Federation Defence Ministry released the following statement in connection with the crash of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on July 18, 2014:

“In view of the objective investigation of the air crash of the Boeing 777 that crashed on the territory of Ukraine, it is necessary to conduct thorough investigation with the involvement of representatives of all interested international organizations. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, there are units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the disaster area; the units are armed with anti-aircraft missile systems Buk-M1. In the area of northwestern outskirts of Donetsk, divisions of the 156th anti-aircraft missile regiment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are deployed, with 27 Buk M1 complexes. These complexes, on their tactical and technical characteristics, are capable of detecting air targets at distances of up to 160 kilometers and striking them at all altitudes at a range of over 30 kilometers. Moreover, in the skies over the Donetsk region, aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force equipped with different types of missiles are constantly present. This is an undeniable fact.

“Statements from official Kiev saying that those complexes or aircraft did not open fire on air targets raise serious doubts. In such a short period of time, making such unequivocal conclusions under the conditions of fierce fighting in the area is impossible. Such responsible statements that entail serious legal consequences, require full investigation.

“In connection with all sorts of insinuations concerning the actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the border regions of Ukraine, we herewith responsibly declare that:

“On July 17, air defense systems of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were not working in the area.

“The aircraft of the Air Force of the Russia were not performing any sorties on July 17 in the regions bordering on the Donetsk region.

“This information is fully confirmed by means of objective control.

“One should pay attention to the fact that Boeing 777 was conducting the flight beyond the range of air defense systems of the Russian Federation. The aircraft was flying in the airspace of Ukraine, under the control of its air traffic management system.

“We urge the international community to conduct thorough investigation of the disaster.”

In light of the deafening silence after the black boxes were delivered into British hands for information retrieval, and that preliminary findings were to be released on August 01, I am now wondering if there will indeed be a thorough and objective investigation into the MH-17 crash by the international community.

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