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Vulnerable position of Ukraine

Investigation of MH17

The Dutch-led investigation into the Malaysian passenger plane crash in 2014 has all the characteristics of a psychological operation to fabricate accusations against Russia and justify further sanctions and aggression from the NATO powers

The so-called Joint Investigative Group (SSG) released last Thursday the latest data of its ongoing investigation of the MN17 flight crash over Eastern Ukraine, in which all 298 people aboard the plane were killed. These new SSG data bring charges closer to Russia, while the investigation team claims that the Buk anti-aircraft missile, which allegedly shot down the aircraft, was brought to Ukraine by the Russian 53rd Brigade based in Kursk in the south-west of Russia.

Then on Friday, the day after the widely publicized presentation of the SSG, the material compiled by the US edition of McClatchy News and the British-based self-proclaimed website of the Bellingshack investigation was published stating that they identified a high-ranking Russian military intelligence officer (GRU) , involved in the transportation of the anti-aircraft complex.

An officer of the Russian GRU was named Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov. In the material there is also a photo of the named man, who is said to have at least one address of residence in Moscow and who used the call sign “Orion”. It is noteworthy that the report McClatchy affirms that the SSG was not aware of the news about the identification of the Russian officer, when the group made its presentation the day before. But McClatchy said that now investigators headed by the Dutch, want to bring “Orion” to criminal liability.

On weekends, the Dutch, Australian and British governments raised rates by officially accusing Russia and demanding that Moscow pay financial compensation to the families of the victims of the plane crash. The Dutch-led investigation into the Malaysian passenger plane crash in 2014 has all the characteristics of a psychological operation to fabricate accusations against Russia and justify further sanctions and aggression from the NATO powers. These new SSG data bring charges closer to Russia, while the investigation team claims that the Buk anti-aircraft missile, which allegedly shot down the aircraft, was brought to Ukraine by the Russian 53rd Brigade based in Kursk in the south-west of Russia.

Then on Friday, the day after the widely publicized presentation of the SSG, the material compiled by the US edition of McClatchy News and the British-based self-proclaimed website of the Bellingshack investigation was published stating that they identified a high-ranking Russian military intelligence officer (GRU) , involved in the transportation of the anti-aircraft complex.

An officer of the Russian GRU was named Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov. In the material there is also a photo of the named man, who is said to have at least one address of residence in Moscow and who used the call sign “Orion”. It is noteworthy that the report McClatchy affirms that the SSG was not aware of the news about the identification of the Russian officer, when the group made its presentation the day before. But McClatchy said that now investigators headed by the Dutch, want to bring “Orion” to criminal liability.

On weekends, the Dutch, Australian and British governments raised rates by officially accusing Russia and demanding that Moscow pay financial compensation to the families of the victims of the plane crash.

Most of the people aboard the ill-fated MN17 flight were citizens of the Netherlands, Malaysia and Australia.

What we see here is a sequenced sequence in an attempt to create the public’s impression that the investigation is developing naturally on the basis of “evidence” that blames Russia. The same methods of psychological operation in the media can be seen in the case of the poisoning of the Violins, in which Moscow is accused of trying to kill a former spy in England.

Accusations, alleged evidence, and then sanctions (expulsion of Russian diplomats), all this follows within the frameworks of the directed sequence.

On the incident with the MN17, Russia categorically denied any involvement in the downing of a passenger aircraft. Moscow says that its own investigation of the incident points to the armed forces of the Kiev regime as being responsible for this, possibly with the use of their stocks of the Buk anti-aircraft missiles of the Soviet period. It is also important that the results of the Russian investigation were arrogantly rejected by the Joint Investigation Team, while Moscow’s proposals for participation in the investigation were refused. As in the case of the Violins, when the British authorities also abandoned the joint investigation proposed by Russia and rejected Russia’s ability to independently verify the allegedly incriminating data.

In an unexpected turn of events, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the missile hull, demonstrated by Dutch investigators, has the distinctive signs of weapons of 1986, when Ukraine was the Soviet Republic. The Russian military said that all such “Buka” models were replaced in their troops in 2011. Therefore, the alleged strike weapons presented by the SSG last week could not be a weapon of the Russian army. In addition, Moscow denies that some of its brigades crossed the Ukrainian border.

The SSG, which includes investigators from Holland, Belgium, Australia, Malaysia and – unlawfully – the Ukrainian special services, openly acknowledged in its presentation last week that it is cooperating with the British-based Bellingkat website. He is referred to in his analysis of videotapes, which allegedly show the transportation of the Russian “Buka” in a column of military equipment through Eastern Ukraine at about the time when a passenger plane was shot down. These videos have already been exposed as falsified.

It seems strange enough that the McClatchy publication reported that the SSG did not know about the new “fried news” “Bellingkat” published the next day in which Bellingkat claims that they identified a Russian officer named Oleg Ivannikov or “Orion” as involved in coordinating the transportation of the “Buka”, which, according to the SSG, came from the 53rd brigade from the Russian Kursk.

The SSG and Bellingkat cooperated on previous updates to their investigation of MN17, in 2016, when dubious videos allegedly showing a column with Buk, which was passing through Eastern Ukraine back to Russia, were presented. The “Bellingkat” was again referenced in the new data of the investigation of the SSG last Thursday.

This raises the question of why the information that allegedly identified the identity of the Russian officer was not provided by the SSG, although the latter cooperated closely with Bellingskat earlier? This happened the next day, when the McClatchy and Bellingshack report appeared, seemingly separate from the presentation of the SSG.

This sequence indicates a coordinated effort to “build” the perception of the public that “evidence” about the cause of the plane crash and Russia’s accusation of a crime is collected independently. While in reality this sequence is in fact an intentionally organized media campaign to more effectively blacken Russia.

A single activity of Bellingskat indicates that they are not an “independent online investigation website”, as they claim. During the Syrian war, the site helped spread the allegations that the video footage received from the White Helmets was “genuine”, whereas in reality there is strong evidence that the White Helmets are fabricating a video with bloody crimes in the interests of NATO-backed terrorists in order to blacken the Syrian government and its Russian allies.

The fact that the Dutch-led SSG is associated with “Bellingshkat” as a source of “evidence” raises deep concerns about the professional level of the investigation.

Doubt videos, referred to by the SSG and Bellingskat, were received from the SBU. These videos were allegedly posted on the Internet in social networks at the time of the crash of the aircraft by anonymous citizens. The Russian government rejected these videotapes as fabricated.

The latest allegations of McClatchy and Bellingckat about the identity of the Russian officer are based on allegations that interceptions of conversations on mobile phones can be attributed to a man named Orion.

However, the main thing is that both McClatchy and Bellingkat recognize that they rely on Ukrainian special services for telephone wiretaps, as they previously relied on video recordings of the transportation of the alleged Russian «Boogeyman».

SBU and its Kiev masters obviously sharpen a tooth to Moscow. Their prejudiced stance, not to mention the potential responsibility for the plane crash, thus makes the work of the SSG and the subsequent coverage of this by the Western media extremely suspicious.

Such close work of the western edition (McClatchy) with the mechanism of false news (“Bellingskat”) and Ukrainian state intelligence proves a coordinated psychological operation for the public to blacken Russia. According to the other publications, referring to an anonymous source in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, units of Ukrainian air defense on the day of the tragedy were working out missile launch systems. At some point, an unauthorized launch of the warhead occurred. On July 17, Ukrainian antiaircraft gunners from the 156th Missile Regiment conducted exercises near Donetsk, at their disposal was the Buk-M1 air defense system. Real launch of missiles was not envisaged. During the maneuvers in Dnipropetrovsk, two Su-25 airplanes flew for air reconnaissance. After one of them entered the zone of the SAM, he was taken on escort by the combat calculation of anti-aircraft gunners, located near the village of Zaroshchenskoye. Routes of flights Malaysian Boeing and Su-25 coincided and merged on the screen of air defense fighters in one major point. After this, the ZRK systems aimed at a passenger airliner.

 

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