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The Devil in a Details: Bellingcat Report Links Russian Buk to MH17 Crash

A new news by citizen inquisitive publisher outfit Bellingcat has presented new claims about the anti-aircraft barb launcher presumably obliged for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. Building on earlier work, the investigation identified extraneous qualities of a Buk anti-aircraft launcher seen in the region, and matched it with a unit stationed in the city of Kursk in southwest Russia.

The question of who shot down MH17 is one of the many argumentative aspects of the Ukraine crisis, with all parties to the dispute accusing the others of destroying the civilian airliner. It has generated a huge series of theories and counter-theories.

Ukraine and the West have confirmed that Russian-backed separatists dismissed the missile. Russia has consistently contested such claims, and forwarded a myriad of alternate theories indicating to Ukrainian forces. An official Dutch-led review is operative to identify the culprits, though formula are not approaching until after this year.

Bellingcat, a group of semi-amateur investigators, have for almost dual years worked to form their possess conclusions. They have focused on hardware details — comparing forms of equipment in use by Ukrainian and Russian forces, and searching for open-source images of missiles and missile launchers famous to have been handling in east Ukraine the day MH17 was shot down. Russian officials have consistently questioned the competence of Bellingcat’s investigators to conduct this kind of work.

Kremlin orator Dmitry Peskov responded on May 4 by claiming the identity of the Bellingcat organisation was “unknown,” and therefore suspect. Furthermore, he deferred questions about Buk designations to the Defense Ministry. A Foreign Ministry orator pronounced that an official matter would be done usually after Russian experts have time to study the latest Bellingcat report.

In their news published on May 3, the Bellingcat group claimed to have identified the specific Buk as section 332. Images of the different Buk in east Ukraine showed a three and a dual embellished on the side, distant by an obfuscated number. Bellingcat scoured Russian amicable media networks to find comparison photos of Buks in Kursk with designations 312, 322 and 332.

Beyond the numbers 3 and two, the mystery Buk had singular dents on the protecting dress backing the chassis, and one circle that didn’t compare the others. The team also beheld that all Buk launchers have singular arrangements of cables joining the chassis to the rotating turret. By comparing these facilities to known Ukrainian Buk launchers, and the Russian units in Kursk, the team resolved that it was a match to Russian Buk series 332.

The investigators have lifted the technical sophistication of the MH17 debate, though Russia has answered with technical theories of its own. Last year, Buk barb manufacturer Almaz-Antey hold press conferences in which they claimed a Soviet-built Buk missile, no longer in service with the Russian military, was the only arms form that could have constructed the damage patterns seen on the aircraft body.

When photos of those missiles in service with the Russian troops were found online, Almaz-Antey afterwards denied Buk-specific repairs patterns were even benefaction on the MH17 hull.

The latest Bellingcat news is doubtful to change possibly side’s position on who shot down MH17. The question is whether, by increasing the level of technical fact and expertise, they are also pulling the case over open comprehension. 

Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/567945.html

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