: Bellingcat pinpoints origin of Buk which downed MH17

12:42 May. 4, 2016

Bellingcat pinpoints origin of Buk which downed MH17

Buk surface-to-air missile complex (GettyImages photo)

The experts confirm Russia's involvement in the catastrophe

Bellingcat, the investigative journalism organisation, has released a report on the Buk anti-air complex which shot down the Malaysia Airliner MH17. 

According to it, the vehicle belongs to Russia's 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, located in the city of Kursk.

Read also Flight MH17 was downed by Buk from Russian 53rd division - Bellingcat

The identification of the machine was possible after its number was discovered. The experts examined all the photos of the Buk system taken in the separatist-controlled areas of Ukraine and compared them to those of the complex stationed in Russia.

"We can say with confidence that on 17 July 2014, the Russian Buk TELAR numbered 332 of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade based in Kursk was filmed and photographed in eastern Ukraine. This specific Buk, previously identified as Buk 3×2, was filmed moving to the center of the launch area estimated by the Dutch Safety Board for the missile that downed MH17", Bellingcat journalists concluded in the report.

Read also: 'The Conspiracy Files: Who Shot Down MH17?'

Earlier Bellingcat expert Aric Toler said the identification number of the Buk seen in the Donets region was recovered. It was 332. This fact confirmed the vehicle originated from Russia's 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of Kursk.


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