Catastrophe investigation: MH17 crash: how the story unfolded
Crime11:06 Jul. 17, 2016

MH17 crash: how the story unfolded

UT remembers the first days after the tragedy - and the first Russian accusations 

July 17 of 2014. Malaysian Airlines plane was conducting a regular flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Communication with the Boeing was lost at 4 PM. At that time it was above separatist-occupied part of Donetsk region.The Russian proxies were happy - they thought the Ukrainian army plane was downed. Then-so-called defence minister of self-proclaimed Donetsk republic wrote about the crash on Facebook. He quickly removed the post when he realized: the crashed plane was an international civilian flight. 283 passengers and 15 crew members died. Russian media were the first to come to the scene of the disaster - and the war for truth began.

Read more Russia blames Ukraine for falsifying evidence in MH17 case

The militants immediately started to prowl like rabid hyinas around the crash area. They gathered the black boxes, liner wreckage and even personal belongings of passengers. Neither OSCE monitoring mission nor international experts were allowed at the scene during the first days.

The first Ukrainian argument on who actually downed the MH17 was the intercepted conversation between terrorists. After the initial analysis of their own data, General Staff of Ukraine stated - the Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down with a missile from Buk complex, delivered from Russia. A day before the catastrophe this convoy drove through several towns and was filmed by the citizens.

Read more MH17 investigation report: full version (with video)

From the day of the tragedy and until now, Russia, who possessed the main evidence, taken by militants, said - Ukraine is responsible for the catastrophe. The first scenario included a Ukrainian jet, last week - the jet disappeared and Moscow turned to a new version. Only this time it was a Ukrainian one. Downing of the plane became a turning point in relations between Russia and the civilized world. Citizens of 18 countries were aboard that fatal plane. Each and every one of their relatives and friends  - not only demanded truth but also started their own investigations. All that Kremlin could do - was to hold the evidence and produce spurious theories. For example, the Buk downing was a 'Putin's assassination' attempt, or 'a special op inside the liner', or even the craziest version: the passengers and crew were already dead and they were placed in the plane on purpose.

Read more Russian Defence Ministry presents new data proving the previous ones were a fake

Nevertheless, most experts who conducted independent investigations said that the MH17 was shot by a Buk missile. BellingCat investigators - proved that Russia provided false satellite images to blame Ukraine. But the US experts, using their satellites, restored that day - minute by minute. Today's first official report of the international commission says that a missile was launched from the separatist-controlled territory of Ukraine, from Russian Buk with a crew, trained - again - in Russia. Ukrainian Buk complexes were too far away from the plane.

The next step in this sad story - is organizing an international court, which Russia also opposes.

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