The Russian military finally speaks!
22 July, 2014
Finally! The Russian military has decided to speak out about some of what it knows about what happened to MH17. It was a typical Russian event: the interpreters were nothing short of *terrible* (I speak as a former military interpreter myself), the visual aids were badly designed (the shape of a SU-24 bomber was used to represent a totally different SU-25 close air support aircraft), and there was no Q&A. See for yourself:
Still, a few very interesting things came out of this press conference.
First, the Ukies have been caught lying about their military aircraft in the area of the disaster. They had claimed that no UAF aircraft were in the area. The Russians have shown the recorded radar tracks which reveal the following: there was what appears to have been a military aircraft (with no transponder) flying below 5000m which suddenly began climbing just before MH17 was hit by some kind of missile. This unidentified aircraft then stayed and observed as MH17 fell to the ground. The Russians added that a SU-25 armed with a R-60 air to air missile could have shot down MH17. Maybe. But what is certain is that the civilian radars did detected this strange Ukie aircraft.
Now, these radar tracks are from *civilian* radars. The Russians apparently are not willing to share the data from their military radars. This is why this mysterious Ukie aircraft 'appears' at 5'000m altitude and then 'disappears' again, but you can be certain that their military radars, especially on their A-50 AWACs did track that aircraft before and after its strange maneuver. Again, I think that the Russians hope that the experts will come to the correct conclusions on the basis of what they have shown today and that they will not have to reveal more. But we can be certain that they have the full picture and that they know exactly what happened.
Second, the Russians are challenging their American colleagues to show the images they claim show the launch of the BukM1 rocket. They also point out at the interesting coincidence that an US experimental launch detection satellite was exactly over the area at the moment of the tragedy. Clearly, they are tossing the world experts some kind of lead here, but I am not sure what this is.
Third, the Russians have shown their own space-based imagery which shows that one battery of BukM1 had been moved just prior to the incident (See for yourself here). It will be interesting to see if the Ukies explain what is shown on these picture and, if yes, how?
As a public information this conference gets a C+ but as a lead for experts I would give it a much higher A-. We know have hard proof that the Ukies lied at least twice. They lied about the footage of the Buk missiles being moved back to Russia (the footage was taken in Ukie-occupied territory) and they most definitely lied when they denied having any military aircraft in the area when in reality they had one in the immediate proximity of MH17. That is a huge lie which the Ukies will have a very hard time dismissing.
As I said in my first post about MH17, I have no hope whatsoever that the western plutocracy will ever admit that the junta did it. Ditto for the corporate presstitues of the MSM, but I do hope that the world will see this tragedy for what is clearly was: a deliberate false flag on the part of the Nazi junta in Kiev. As David Chandler correctly points out about 9/11, the proof of a cover up is in itself already a proof of a conspiracy.
10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash
21 July, 2014
Russia has released military monitoring data, which shows Kiev military jets tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash - and posed yet another set of questions to Ukraine and the US over the circumstances of the tragedy.
Military officials – chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartopolov and chief of the Air Force Main Staff Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev - posed a number of questions to Kiev and Washington concerning the possible causes of the catastrophe in Eastern Ukraine that killed almost 300 people last Thursday.1. Why did the MH17 plane leave the international corridor?
“Please note that the plane stayed within the corridor until it reached Donetsk but then it deviated from the route to the north,” said Kartopolov.2. Was MH17 leaving the route a navigation mistake or was the crew following instructions by Ukrainian air traffic controllers in Dnepropetrovsk?
“The maximum deviation from the left border of the corridor was 14 km. Following that, we can see the plane maneuvering to return to the corridor, yet the Malaysian crew did not get a chance to complete the maneuver. At 17.20, the plane began to lose speed, and at 17.23 it disappeared from Russian radars.”3. Why was a large group of air defense systems deployed to the militia-held area if the self-defense forces have no planes?
“As far as we know, the Ukrainian military had three or four air defense battalions equipped with Buk-M1 SAM systems deployed in the vicinity of Donetsk on the day of the crash. This system is capable of hitting targets within the range of 35 km at the altitude of up to 22 km.”
Why did Kiev deploy Buk missile system right next to the
militia-controlled area straight ahead of the tragedy?
have satellite photos of the places where Ukraine had its air defense
units deployed in the southeastern parts of the country. The first
three photos were made on July 14. The first photo shows Buk
launchers 8 km northwest of Lugansk. You can clearly see a TELAR and
two TELs. The second photo shows radars 5 km north of Donetsk. You
can see two TARs along with other equipment and technical structures.
The third photo shows air defense systems north of Donetsk. You can
clearly see a TELAR launcher and about 60 military and auxiliary
vehicles, tents for vehicles and other structures.
a photo of the same area made on July 17. Please note that the
launcher has disappeared. The fifth photo shows a battery of Buk
missiles at the village of Zaroshchenskoye 50 km east of Donetsk and
8 km south of Shakhtyorsk on the morning of the same day. The sixth
photo shows the same area on July 18. As you can see, the battery has
On the day of the crash Kiev increased activity on its Kupol-M1 9S18
radars, which are components of the Buk system in the area. Why?
July 17 saw increased activity on the part of Ukraine’s Kupol-M1
9S18 radars, which are part of the Buk system. Here on this chart you
see that there were seven radars operating on July 15, eight radars
operating on July 16, and nine radars operating on July 17 in the
area. Then, starting with July 18, the intensity of radar activities
radically decreased, and now there are no more than two or three
radars operating a day. The reason behind this is yet to be found.”
What was a military plane doing on the route intended for civilian
were three civilian planes in the area performing their regular
flights at this time. There was a flight from Copenhagen to Singapore
at 17:17, there was a flight from Paris to Taipei at 17:24, and then
there was the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.”
Russian monitoring systems registered that there was a Ukrainian Air
Force jet, probably Su-25, climbing and approaching the Malaysian
“The Su-25 was 3-5 km away from the Malaysian
plane. Su-25 is capable of climbing to the altitude of 10,000 meters
for a short period of time. Its standard armament includes R60
air-to-air missiles, which are capable of locking and hitting targets
from 12 km and which are guaranteed to hit the target from the
distance of 5 km.”
Why was the military jet flying at almost the same time and the same
altitude with a passenger plane?
17:21’35, with [the Boeing’s] velocity having dropped to 200
kilometers per hour, a new mark detecting an airborne object appears
at the spot of the Boeing’s destruction. This new airborne object
was continuously detected for the duration of four minutes by the
radar stations Ust-Donetsk and Buturinskaya. An air traffic
controller requested the characteristics of the new airborne object,
but was unable to get any readings on its parameters – most likely
due to the fact that the new aircraft was not equipped with a
secondary surveillance radar transponder, which is a distinctive
feature of military aircraft,” said Makushev.
the new aircraft became possible as it started to ascend. Further
changes in the airborne object’s coordinates suggest that it was
hovering above the Boeing 777’s crash site, monitoring of the
“Ukrainian officials earlier claimed that
there were no Ukrainian military aircraft in the area of the crash
that day. As you can see, that is not true.”
Where did the launcher – from the video circulated by Western media
and showing a Buk system being moved allegedly from Ukraine to Russia
– come from? As the video was made on the territory controlled by
Kiev, where was the launcher being transported?
like to say that the information we have presented here is based on
objective and reliable data from various technical systems – unlike
the groundless accusations made against Russia,” said Kartopolov.
example, media circulated a video supposedly showing a Buk system
being moved from Ukraine to Russia. This is clearly a fabrication.
This video was made in the town of Krasnoarmeisk, as evidenced by the
billboard you see in the background, advertising a car dealership at
34 Dnepropetrovsk Street. Krasnoarmeysk has been controlled by the
Ukrainian military since May 11.”
“For example, media circulated a video supposedly showing a Buk system being moved from Ukraine to Russia. This is clearly a fabrication. This video was made in the town of Krasnoarmeisk, as evidenced by the billboard you see in the background, advertising a car dealership at 34 Dnepropetrovsk Street. Krasnoarmeysk has been controlled by the Ukrainian military since May 11.”
9. Where is it right now? Why are some of the missiles missing on the launcher? When was the last time a missile was launched from it?
Why haven’t US officials revealed the evidence supporting claims
that the MH17 was shot down by a missile launched by the militia?
officials claim they have satellite photographs proving the Malaysian
airliner was shot down by a missile launched by the militia. But no
one has seen these photographs so far. As far as we know, there was
indeed a US satellite flying over southeastern Ukraine on July 17
from 17:06 to 17:21 Moscow time.
satellite is part of an experimental system designed to track and
monitor the launches of missiles of various ranges. If our US
colleagues have imagery from this satellite, they should release it
for the international community to examine it in detail. This may be
a coincidence, but the US satellite flew over Ukraine at exactly the
same time when the Malaysian airliner crashed.”
10. Why haven’t US officials revealed the evidence supporting claims that the MH17 was shot down by a missile launched by the militia?
"US officials claim they have satellite photographs proving the Malaysian airliner was shot down by a missile launched by the militia. But no one has seen these photographs so far. As far as we know, there was indeed a US satellite flying over southeastern Ukraine on July 17 from 17:06 to 17:21 Moscow time.
“This satellite is part of an experimental system designed to track and monitor the launches of missiles of various ranges. If our US colleagues have imagery from this satellite, they should release it for the international community to examine it in detail. This may be a coincidence, but the US satellite flew over Ukraine at exactly the same time when the Malaysian airliner crashed.”
This is not the first time Russia brings up questions on the plane crash. No explanations have followed with Kiev insisting they have full evidence of Russia being behind the attack, but so far only releasing tapes.
The USA, putting the blame on the self-defense forces, has yet refused to release any intelligence material. On Monday State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf described Russia’s statements as “propaganda and misinformation” - but when reporters asked her whether Washington would be releasing their intelligence and satellite data, Harf only replied "may be." So far the US has been backing its statements by social media and "common sense."
Here is a backgrounder on events in Ukraine from a Moscow-born Jewish correspondent for Time.
He provides a vivid protrayal of being inside the rebel headquarters and of the chaos of events.
Pity most of it is a pack of lies