A British investigation team has revealed the involvement of Russian soldiers in shooting down the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine in 2014.
Last year, Independent reported that the plane was downed by a Russian war-head fired from a Buk missile system. The missile exploded a metre away from the cockpit, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
Buk 3×2 which can be tracked was operated by Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade from its base in Kursk, Russia to the Ukrainian border near Millerovo. It was found in the rebel-held Ukrainian territory around Donetsk, Torez and Snizhne on the day the MH17 crashed in nearby Hrabove.
According to Bellingcat Report, around 100 Russian soldiers and officers are suspected to have been involved in this incident. Following this report, journalist are investigating to trace the missile through social media posts, satellite images and video footage.
Well it has not been confirmed whether Russian soldiers or any separatist group used the weapon to knock down the flight.
“There is no direct evidence indicating if it was Russian or separatist soldiers who operated the Buk 3×2 when it was in Ukraine,” Bellingcat researchers said.
“However, considering the complexity of the Buk-M1 system, it is most likely that the Russian military did not transfer a Buk missile launcher to separatist commanders without some guidance or a Russian crew.”
Some images and footage taken less than a month before the crash revealed a Buk being carried through the town of Snizhne on 17 July 2014.
Also, three eye-witnesses saw Russian Soldiers unloading the launcher in Snezhnoye, 10 miles away from the place, a few hours before the MH17 crashed.
Igor Girkin, a separatist leader, also a Russian army veteran claimed the missile-attack.
“We have issued warnings not to fly in our airspace. We have video confirming. The bird fell on a waste heap. Residential areas were not hit. Civilians were not injured,” he is reported in Indy 100.