14:47 May. 14, 2016
International investigators comment on the video recently uploaded on Internet
On May 3, a new video of what appears to be the July 17, 2014 BUK convoy was uploaded to YouTube.
The International Joint Investigation Team noted the appearance of previously unpublished images of a surface-to-air BUK missile, which allegedly shot down the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane in July 2014.
This is stated on May 13 by the prosecutor's office of the Netherlands that is in charge of the criminal investigation: "The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) acknowledges the fact that on 12 May, almost 2 years after the MH17-crash, previously unpublished images of supposedly 17 July 2014 of a part of a BUK-system have become known. The JIT underlines the importance of such material for the investigation and calls on anybody who possesses possibly interesting imagery to report to the JIT, or to upload the material, anonymously if so desired, at the JIT-uploadserver".
On May 12, a founder of the Bellingcat group investigating the MH17 crash reported on Twitter that the new footage showcasing a BUK missile launcher appeared on Internet.
The person who published the video claims it was made in Makiivka, east of Donetsk, July 17, 2014 - the day when the MH17 flight was shot down. Volunteers, who are dealing with OSINT (Open Source Intelligence), managed to confirm the location and determine the approximate time when the video was made - about 11 o'clock in the morning.
Bellingcat writes: "The visible shadows indicate that the video was taken in the late morning, which is in line with the anticipated time frame of the transport. The exact time of the video has yet to be determined."
Bellingcat writes: "An interesting detail that provides further validity to the link to the previous videos are the escort vehicles that can be seen before and after the truck. Bellingcat has previously reported about the vehicles, and we can direct matches: there is a Toyota RAV4 in front of the truck, with a UAZ-469AZ and VW Transporter following it."
Bellingcat writes: "In the video at 0:47, the same white truck from earlier BUK transport videos can be seen. The truck has the BUK TELAR loaded on the back, and there appear to be four missiles mounted, with a camouflage netting covering them."
After the MH17 disaster, Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs published a video which was reportedly made on July 18, The video shows the BUK system moving towards the Russian border, but with three missiles. The video details made it possible to determine the location - it was filmed near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, which was under control of Russian-backed separatists at that time.
Earlier, Bellingcat and BBC published their investigations confirming the plane was hit by Russian BUK.
Bellingcat experts also managed to recover the identification number of the anti-air vehicle seen in the militant-controlled Donetsk region. According to their analysis, the Buk originated from Russia's 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of Kursk.
"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 said in their report.
The Malaysian plane MH17 heading from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur was downed over Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board. The analysis of the damaged pieces of salvaged plane wreckage showed the board had been shot by a Russian-made surface-to-air BUK missile. This was later confirmed in the final report of Dutch Safety Board.