Boeing MH17 was shot down by a Russian Buk missile in July 2014. Russia forged data to hide the truth – PACE resolution

Boeing MH17 in July 2014 was shot down over the Donbass by a Russian Buk missile. Such a statement is contained in the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) "Providing responsibility for the downed flight MH17", adopted on June 23 in Strasbourg.

After the authorities of Ukraine and the Netherlands provided the facts about the catastrophe to the PACE rapporteur, the assembly decided to consider this version "the most convincing". The PACE also said that they were shocked by the "disinformation" spread by the Russian authorities.

“Instead of providing the competent investigating authorities with reliable information, the Russian authorities have been spreading disinformation, including consistent, contradictory versions of events designed to create confusion. As open source intelligence published in numerous reports shows, the Russian authorities have gone so far as to present falsified data from radars, satellites and other data in order to cover up the truth.”

The Assembly called on Russia to cooperate, including providing proper satellite and radar data on the crash for investigation, as well as formally apologizing to the relatives of the MH17 victims for the "pain and suffering caused earlier by disinformation."

The report also “completely refuted” versions according to which the Boeing was shot down by a Ukrainian Su-25 or MiG-29 fighter, or that a Buk missile was fired from Ukrainian-controlled territory.

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying MH17 Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was shot down in the sky over the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. There were 298 people on board. They all died. A joint investigation by Bellingcat and The Insider identified the key suspects in the case, with call signs Orion and Dolphin. The “Dolphin” turned out to be Colonel General Nikolai Fedorovich Tkachev, Chief Inspector of the Central Military District of Russia.

"Orion" is the current GRU general Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov, also known as the former Minister of Defense of South Ossetia Andrei Laptev. He led the actions of Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine and, among other things, commanded the Wagner PMC.

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