Germans Clear Russia in MH-17 Case

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A Malaysia Airways’ Boeing 777 like the one that crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014. (Photo credit: Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland)

Exclusive: For months, Western governments and media have accused Russia of supplying the anti-aircraft missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 killing 298 people. But now German intelligence has reportedly determined the missile came from a Ukrainian military base, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry, Consortiumnews

The West’s case blaming Russia for the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last July appears to be crumbling as the German foreign intelligence agency has concluded that the anti-aircraft missile battery involved came from a Ukrainian military base, according to a report by the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

The Obama administration and other Western governments have pointed the finger of blame at Russia for supposedly supplying a sophisticated BUK missile system to ethnic Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine who then allegedly used the weapon on July 17 to shoot down what they thought was a Ukrainian military plane but turned out to be Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 people onboard.

The Russians denied providing the rebels with the weapon and the rebels denied shooting down the plane. But the tragedy gave the U.S. State Department the emotional leverage to get the European Union to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia, touching off a trade war that has edged Europe toward a new recession.

But now the narrative has shifted. The German intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst or BND, asserted that while it believes rebels were responsible for shooting down the plane, they supposedly did so with an anti-aircraft battery captured from a Ukrainian military base, according to Der Spiegel.

The BND also concluded that photos supplied by the Ukrainian government about the MH-17 tragedy “have been manipulated,” Der Spiegel reported. And, the BND disputed Russian government claims that a Ukrainian fighter jet had been flying close to MH-17 just before it crashed, the magazine said.

None of the BND’s evidence to support its conclusions has been made public — and I was subsequently told by a European official that the evidence was not as conclusive as the magazine article depicted.

Der Spiegel said the information given to members of a parliamentary committee on Oct. 8 included satellite images and other photography. What’s less clear, however, is how the BND could determine the precise command-and-control of the anti-aircraft missile system amid the chaotic military situation that existed in eastern Ukraine last July.

At the time, the Ukrainian army and allied militias were mounting an offensive against ethnic Russian rebels who were resisting a U.S.-backed coup regime that ousted elected President Viktor Yanukovych last February, touching off what quickly became a nasty civil war.

Spearheading Kiev’s summer offensive were pro-government militias, some of which were filled with neo-Nazi extremists and financed by Ukrainian billionaire oligarchs including Ihor Kolomoisky, who had been appointed governor of the southeastern Dnipropetrovsk Region. The ethnic Russian rebels also were a disorganized lot with poor command and control.

Rushing to Anti-Russian Judgment

Yet, the Obama administration was quick to pin the blame for the MH-17 crash on Russia and the rebels. Just three days after the crash, Secretary of State John Kerry went on all five Sunday talk shows fingering Russia and the rebels and citing evidence provided by the Ukrainian government through social media.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” David Gregory asked, “Are you bottom-lining here that Russia provided the weapon?”

Kerry: “There’s a story today confirming that, but we have not within the Administration made a determination. But it’s pretty clear when – there’s a build-up of extraordinary circumstantial evidence. I’m a former prosecutor. I’ve tried cases on circumstantial evidence; it’s powerful here.” [See Consortiumnews.com’s “Kerry’s Latest Reckless Rush to Judgment.”]

But some U.S. intelligence analysts offered conflicting assessments. After Kerry’s TV round-robin, the Los Angeles Times reported on a U.S. intelligence briefing given to several mainstream U.S. news outlets. The story said, “U.S. intelligence agencies have so far been unable to determine the nationalities or identities of the crew that launched the missile. U.S. officials said it was possible the SA-11 [anti-aircraft missile] was launched by a defector from the Ukrainian military who was trained to use similar missile systems.” [See Consortiumnews.com’s “The Mystery of a Ukrainian ‘Defector,’”]

A source who was briefed by U.S. intelligence analysts told me that some analysts had concluded that the rebels and Russia were likely not at fault and that it appeared Ukrainian government forces were to blame, although possibly a unit operating outside the direct command of Ukraine’s top officials.

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Roman Halauniov sur les sanctions entre l’Union européenne et la Russie

Pour ERTV, Roman Halauniov revient sur les conséquences des sanctions prises entre l’Union européenne et la Russie à cause de la situation en Ukraine.

Source: Égalité & Réconciliation

NATO Attacks !

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By Pepe ESCOBAR, Asia Times

September 06, 2014 “ICH” – “Asia Times” – First thing we do, let’s kill all the myths. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is nothing but the Security Council of the Empire of Chaos.

You don’t need to be a neo-Foucault hooked on Orwellian/Panopticon practices to admire the hyper-democratic “ring of steel” crossing average roads, parks and even ringing castle walls to “protect” dozens of NATO heads of state and ministers, 10,000 supporting characters and 2,000 journalists from the real world in Newport, Wales – and beyond.

NATO’s summit in Wales also provides outgoing secretary-general Anders “Fogh of War” Rasmussen the chance to display his full attack dog repertoire. It’s as if he’s auditioning for a starring role in a remake of Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks !

Fogh of War is all over the place, talking “pre-positioning of supplies, equipment” – euphemism for weapons; boosting bases and headquarters in host countries; and touting a 10,000-strong, rapid reaction “spearhead” force to respond to Russian “aggression” and deployable in a maximum of five days.

Meanwhile, in a bad cop-bad cop routine, outgoing president of the European Commission, outstanding mediocrity Jose Manuel Barroso, leaked that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him over the phone later last week he could take Kiev in a fortnight if he wanted.

Well, Putin could. If he wanted. But he doesn’t want it. What matters is what he told Rossiya state TV; that Kiev should promote inclusive talks about the future statute of Eastern Ukraine. Once again, the Western spin was that he was advocating the birth of a Novorossiya state. Here, The Saker analyzes in detail the implications of what Russia really wants, and what the Novorossiya forces really want.

With Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite predictably spinning that Russia is “at war with Europe”, and British Prime Minister David Cameron evoking – what else – Munich 1938 (Chamberlain appeasing Hitler), Fogh of War has had all the ammo he needs to sell his Einsatzgruppen. Cynics are excused to believe NATO’s spearhead force is actually The Caliph’s IS goons raising hell in “Syraq”.

Warmongering, though, is not an easy sell in a crisis-hit EU these days. Not only Germany, but also France, Italy, Spain, Romania, Hungary and even Poland have expressed “reluctance” one way or another to back NATO’s strategy of a more “robust” presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic. Moreover, the Empire of Chaos and its Brit junior partner in the “special relationship” want everyone to shell out more cash (a minimum of 2% of GDP). Even as the EU is facing no less than its third recession in five years.

The bottom line is there will be no more rotation on NATO’s Eastern front. Legally, the set up cannot be defined as “permanent”, because it will go against a 1997 NATO-Russia pact. But it will be permanent. That applies to Szczecin, in Poland, near the Baltic, and the so-called multinational Corps Northeast – land, air and sea. Estonia and Latvia for all practical purposes are being touted as “Putin’s next targets”. And defending them from “Russian aggression” is NATO’s new red line.

Additionally, Finland and Sweden may sign NATO Host Nation agreements. This implies NATO forces may use Swedish and Finnish territory in the future on the way to what’s hazily referred to as “operations”. At least deployment of foreign troops still needs parliamentary approval – and Swedes and Finns are bound to raise eyebrows.

No R2P for you, buddy
Even with all this Mars Attacks! hysteria, NATO in thesis won’t discuss Ukraine in depth in Wales – or an imminent R2P (“responsibility to protect”) Ukraine from the remixed “Evil Empire” (copyright Ronnie Reagan). But there will be “military consultations” and a bit of cash shelled out to the Kiev military – who are having their (bankrupt) collective behind solemnly kicked by the federalist/separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine as much as NATO had theirs kicked by a bunch of Pashtuns with Kalashnikovs in Afghanistan.

By the way, the latest US$1.4 billion the International Monetary Fund shelled out to Ukraine – the Mobster-style interest will hit much later – will be used by an already bankrupt Kiev mostly to pay for a bunch of T-72 tanks it bought from Hungary. Money for nothing, tanks for free.

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Kiev Fascists Murder Russian Journalist

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Stenin went missing in eastern Ukraine on August 5. Sources said that the journalist was possibly held by the Ukrainian military, but Kiev has never officially confirmed the information.

By Stephen LENDMAN

Russian photojournalist Andrew Stenin was found dead in Southeastern Ukraine. He was murdered in cold blood. More on what happened below.

Obama’s new friends are cold-blooded killers. They’re waging war on freedom. They’re killing civilians.

They want all opposition elements crushed. They want fascist rule institutionalized.

They want democracy in name only. They want it prevented at all costs.
They want all independent news sources suppressed. They want their message alone getting out.

They harass, beat, terrorize, abduct and murder independent journalists.
Russian ones are most vulnerable.

On August 5, Russian photojournalist Andrew Stenin went missing. He was working in Southeastern Ukraine for Russia’s International Information Agency Rossiya Segdnya.

For weeks, his whereabouts was unknown. At first, Ukrainian interior minister advisor Anton Herashchenko said he was arrested for “helping terrorists.” He then claimed he was misinterpreted.

Earlier, the International Federation of Journalists expressed “serious concern” for his wellbeing. In mid-August, it issued a statement, saying:
“He’s a journalist, not a soldier, and as such is entitled to move freely and report the truth without the threat of intimidation, violence or detention.”

At the time, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said he “could be a victim of a malicious attack.”

Reporters Without Borders called for his immediate release.
US National Press Club president Myron Belkind issued a statement, saying:
“It is very important that Andrew Stenin be quickly located and freed if he is being held by Ukrainian security services.”

It’s “crucial that all sides in this conflict…cease obstructing the ability of the press to cover events in eastern Ukraine, which are of great consequence to the Ukrainian public and to the international community.”

Kiev stonewalled Russia’s all-out efforts to locate and free Stenin. Ukrainian interior ministry advisor Anton Gerashchenko said he didn’t “want to be bothered by questions on (his) fate.”

On September 3, Rossiya Segodnya director general Dmitry Kiselev said Stenin died weeks earlier when a car he was traveling in came under fire. It “burnt on a highway in the vicinity of Donetsk.”

Autopsy results identified Stenin’s body. “He was indeed in that car. The 33-year-old young man (was) a brilliant professional, someone who cared.”
Despite all-out efforts to free him, he “was already no longer with us.”
His photographs are “a gift of remembrance…He sacrificed his life (for them).” For “the sole purpose of (telling) the world…the truth.”
“Rest in peace, Andrei Stenin. You will never be forgotten.”

The Russian Investigative Committee (RIC) said he was among others killed during an attack on at least 10 vehicles carrying civilians.

“It turned out that he was not taken prisoner. It turned out, no one planned to swap him for any Ukrainian military personnel or accuse him of terrorist activities,” it explained.
“All of the announcements that we heard from the Ukrainians about Stenin’s fate were lies.”

“He died one month ago in a car that he was in while fulfilling his journalistic duties.”
“The vehicle came under fire and burned down on a highway near Donetsk.”

According to RIC’s Vladimir Markin:
The next day, Ukrainian commanders examined what happened, removed civilian contents and identified victims.
When they left, vehicles were “fired on with Grad missiles. The investigation will not stop at determining the exact details of the shooting. It also aims to find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

Vladmir Putin sent condolences by telegram, saying:
“We believed that Andrei would return home to his family and friends, but the bitter news has wiped out that hope.”
“He fulfilled his journalistic and human commitment to the end. He did everything possible so that people, the whole world would know the truth of the tragic events occurring in Donetsk.”

Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a stinging statement. In part it said:
“We experienced a feeling of deep pain and resentment upon learning about the shocking circumstances of the death of Rossiya Segodnya photojournalist Andrei Stenin, who last called his editorial office on 5 August 2014.”
“We express our sincere and deep condolences to Andrei’s family and friends and sympathy for and solidarity with the staff of Rossiya Segodnya and the Russian journalistic community.”
“We demand that Kiev conduct a thorough and objective investigation of Andrei Stenin’s murder and mete out severe punishment to the culprits.”

“Russia has lost four journalists in Ukraine over the past few months, which is unprecedented…”

They include correspondent Igor Kornelyuk, video engineer Anton Voloshin, cameraman Anatoly Klyan, and photojournalist Stenin.

“An end must be put immediately to Kiev’s illegitimate efforts to prevent journalists from doing their duty, including by attacking, murdering, detaining and kidnapping (them) from ‘undesirable’ media outlets.”

“We expect the international community, including the United States and the European Union member-countries, who seemingly care so much for the freedom of speech and media in other countries and regions of the world, to exercise decisive influence on Kiev in this respect.”

“How many more innocent lives must be sacrificed before Kiev stops its reckless and criminal policy towards millions of people in southeastern Ukraine?”

“Its (US-led) Western patrons must review their hypocritical and double-dealing approach to the human rights disaster in Ukraine…”
Separately, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said:
Forensic examination of his remains “suggests…another barbarous murder – the work of Ukrainian security forces and (neo-Nazi-infested) National Guard (fighters who) controlled, according to eyewitnesses, the territory in which cars came under fire, including” the one with Stenin’s body.

Throughout weeks without knowledge of his fate, MSM scoundrels ignored him entirely.

At the same time, they obsessed over US journalist James Foley’s beheading.
Again when an Islamic State video released Tuesday showed American journalist Steven Sotloff met the same fate.

What about thousands of Southeastern Ukrainian victims of illegal US-supported and encouraged Kiev aggression?

What about longstanding Israeli brutalizing collective punishment of millions of defenseless Palestinians?
What about countless millions of post-9/11 victims of US wars of aggression?

What about many millions more unmentioned, forgotten, ignored and uncared about?

What about unspeakable longstanding US-led Western genocidal crimes of war and against humanity?

What about justice systematically denied? What about Western journalists supporting what demands condemnation?

What about Big Lies suppressing truth? What about Washington using the deaths of two US journalists to justify more lawless aggression?

What about MSM scoundrels supporting it? What about their reporting nothing about Stenin’s disappearance, death, how it happened and who’s responsible?

What about a possible planned major false flag on US soil to enlist popular support for more war? A second 9/11 type event. It’s been 13 years since the last one.

Before confirmation of Stenin’s death, global rallies demanded his release. RT International featured daily “free Andrew” alerts.

Activists collected signatures on his behalf. They did so to petition Kiev for his release. It included thousands of photos he took in Southeastern Ukraine.
Anti-fascist Dveri movement leader Vladan Glisic said “(w)e believe that Ukraine must follow international conventions on the right of journalists and that attacks on journalists must be stopped regardless of where they take place.”

Separately, NATO heads of state meeting in Brussels Thursday and Friday are expected to confirm the creation of a rapid reaction force targeting Russia.

Thousands of combat-ready forces will be deployed near its border. NATO calls it “sustain(ing) a robust (Eastern European) presence…”

Doing so risks the unthinkable – direct East/West confrontation.
Russia’s Security Council deputy secretary, Mikkail Popov, said Moscow will review its military doctrine in response to NATO’s planned Eastern European expansion.
“I have no doubts that the issue of drawing of military infrastructure of NATO member-countries to the borders of our country, including via enlargement, will remain one of the external military threats for the Russian Federation,” he said.
“We consider that defining factor in (Moscow’s) relations with NATO will remain the unacceptability for Russia of the expansion plans of alliance’s military infrastructure to our borders, including via enlargement.”

“Many high-ranked officials reproached the leaders of our country saying that NATO isn’t a Russia’s enemy and will never attack Russia.”
“But is that true? We were assured of good intentions, but the actions of recent years show entirely different things.”

Russia’s role in Ukraine is mischaracterized. “(W)rong conclusions are drawn and wrong measures are applied.”
“There is an unprecedented informational-propagandist campaign against Russia.”

“The image of the enemy is presented in the face of Russia and its politics is considered as a new threat to NATO.”
Irresponsible Putin bashing persists. It’s a growth industry. Truth is systematically buried.

Western media consumers get a daily diet of misinformation, distortions and Big Lies.

The latest brouhaha is over Putin’s conversation with European Commission president Jose Manual Barroso.

Putin’s comment about “taking Kiev in two weeks” was leaked to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
It was published on Monday. On Tuesday, the broadsheet criticized Barroso for disclosing content from a private diplomatic phone call.
Putin made it in response to false claims about Russian troops in Ukraine. It was distorted.

It was taken entirely out of context. Presidential aid Yury Ushakov said the quote “had a very different meaning.”
He criticized Barroso for making it public. He called doing so “incorrect and goes beyond the bounds of diplomatic practices.”

“(I)t is not worthy of a serious political figure.” He and other Western leaders irresponsibly accuse Moscow of escalating conflict in Ukraine without verifiable proof.

MSM sources jumped on what happened. On September 2, The New York Times headlined “Putin Reportedly Says Russia Could ‘Take Kiev in Two Weeks,’ ” saying:
He “added a new dimension to the tensions building in Ukraine as Russian forces become more involved in the fighting there.”

His “remarks and the increasing presence of Russian military units in Ukraine have posed a stark new challenge to the alliance about how to respond to Moscow’s apparent willingness to exert military force to achieve its foreign policy goals.”
“Mr. Putin is known for littering his public statements with twists of braggadocio…”

Fact check:
Russia didn’t invade Ukraine. Its forces aren’t involved in its conflict. No evidence suggests otherwise.
The Times hypes the Big Lie repeatedly. Claims about “Moscow’s apparent willingness to exert military force to achieve its foreign policy goals are patently false.

Wednesday reports of a Russian/Ukrainian agreed on “cease-fire regime” are greatly exaggerated.
Ukrainian oligarch president Petro Poroshenko said both sides “reached mutual understanding on the steps that will facilitate the establishment of peace.”

At first he said agreement was reached for a “a permanent cease-fire.” A retraction followed. It said both presidents exchanged opinions. No formal agreement was reached.

According to Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov:
Both leaders agreed on steps towards peace but no ceasefire. “Russia cannot physically agree to (one) because it is not a party to the conflict,” he stressed.

Last week in Minsk, Putin said “we are not in a position to discuss any ceasefire terms or likely agreements between Kiev, Donetsk an Luhansk. That’s none of our business but Ukraine’s internal affair.”

Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry press service head Vladislav Brig said:
“Nobody is holding negotiations about a cease-fire with the representatives of the Donetsk People’s Republic.”

“As long as there are Ukrainian soldiers on our territory, there will be no cease-fire.” The battle for Ukraine’s soul continues.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Ukraine Has Failed

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Klitshko, Hollande, “PORKY” POROSHENKO – The 3 STOOGES

By Jim Kirwan

The first seven minutes on Bulletin Board today clearly shows the evidence of the collapse of Kiev’s so-called armies in the field. This was not an accident, it came about by design and it continues to shred the mirage of Kiev’s invincibility.

Kiev’s forces are now frequently surrounded, fifty to seventy ‘troops’ killed every day, while Kiev repeatedly fails to support those troops. Politically the imbedded Nazi’s are threatening to pull out of the fighting against Lugansk and Donetsk to attack Porky’s pathetic government in Kiev.

Meanwhile Porky himself continues to see phantom Russian invasions, while his “troops” continue to surrender across the region. At home; Kiev’s furious civilians are demanding to know why their loved ones are being left to die, because the government refuses to do anything to help the troops, or the rest of the people in Ukraine to survive.

The only ‘news’ that USRAEL can point to, via Kiev, is to their continued and cowardly bombings of buildings and people that produce death and destruction for videos. Beyond that there is no plan that’s going anywhere except that every day they get closer to DEFEAT across the board for the almost bankrupt Kiev government—it’s a political bankruptcy not just of money but of ideas, momentum and credibility—on all fronts. Watch the video and add up the facts for yourself…

The rest of these fake global wars are headed in similar directions with the US failing to rescue some 4,000 to 5,000 who are still trapped on that mountain in Kurdish Iraq, from Press TV.

“New reports indicate that hundreds or possibly thousands of members of Iraq’s Kurdish Izadi minority escaping ISIL militants remain abandoned on top of Sinjar Mountain.

This is while Washington has claimed that its operation there against the Takfiri terrorists earlier this month was a success. “Because of the skill and professionalism of our military, and the generosity of our efforts, we broke the [Isis] siege of Mount Sinjar, we helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives,” US President Barack Obama said on August 14.

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Russia Wants Regular, Transparent Reports on MH17 Crash Probe

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Parts of wreckage are seen at the site where the downed Malaysian Boeing 777 flight MH17 crashed

MOSCOW, August 23 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow wants the investigation into the crash of a Malaysian Boeing 777 to be as most transparent as possible, and insists on regular provision if prove reports in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.

“Investigation into the reasons of the catastrophe should be carried out under international control, should be all-encompassing and transparent for the wide international audience and mass media,” the source said. “We will keep pressing for it, demanding the implementation of the UNSC resolution 2166 which stipulates monthly reports about the course of the investigation.”

Resolution 2166 adopted by the UN Security Council in July calls for a thorough and impartial investigation into the MH17 tragedy and requires the secretary-general to provide the Security Council with investigation progress reports.

The source stressed that the majority of Western media “seem to have been ordered to avoid the investigation issue for about two weeks.”

“US official representatives who rushed to accuse Russia and Donetsk self-defense forces in the first hours following the tragedy, also maintain silence. America’s allies, particularly the British and the Australian, who were also among the first accusers, stick to the same policy. The international community has not yet seen the promised “incontestable evidence.” The explanation is that the truth could be inconvenient to Washington, London and Canberra,” the source told RIA Novosti.

The source added that Kiev’s official position is also telling.

“As the curtain of allegations is clearing, the specialists have more and more questions over the actions of the Ukrainian authorities and military toward the Boeing. Kiev still has not made public the recordings of the talks between air traffic control and the crew, which would allow to understand why the plane was in the combat area,” the diplomatic source said.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board, including 193 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians and 27 Australians.

The Causes of the MH17 Crash are “Classified”. Ukraine, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium Signed a “Non-disclosure Agreement”

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On August 8, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium signed a non-disclosure agreement pertaining to data obtained during the investigation into the causes of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17

Globalresearch.ca

In the framework of the 4-country agreement signed on 8 August between Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia, information on the progress and results of the investigation of the disaster will remain classified.

This was confirmed at a briefing in Kiev under the auspices of the office of the Prosecutor General Yuri Boychenko. In his words, the results of the investigation will be published once completed only if a consensus agreement of all parties that have signed the agreement prevails.

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Anyone of the signatories has the right to veto the publication of the results of the investigation without explanation.

Following the signing of this agreement, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the agreement and allowed for the participation of  Malaysian staff to participate in the investigation.

International experts admit that for the survey of the wreck Malaysian Boeing 777 will take several weeks.

The second phase will involve searches pertaining to the remains of the victims of the crash of flight MH17.

Thus, it is safe to assume the results of the investigation are actually classified and the final expert opinion will not be released. (or only after a few years, when the political causes of the disaster will lose their relevance).

The conclusion is simple – the intermediate results of the investigation directly prove the innocence of Russia and/or the Donesk militia.

MH17: Boeing-777 was downed by Ukrainian MiG-29, Romanian expert says

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Ukrainian MIG-29

By Lyuba Lulko, Pravda, The milleniumreport

Romanian military expert, pilot and former deputy commander of Otopeni military airport, Valentin Vasilescu, presented his version of the tragedy of the Malaysian Boeing in the sky over Ukraine. According to the expert, the plane was shot down by Ukrainian MiG-29, possibly piloted by Polish pilot.

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Wreckage of B777 FLIGHT MH17 TAIL NUMBER 9M-MRD

Valentin Vasilescu refutes the theory, according to which the plane had been shot down by surface-to-air missile, which, according to American and Ukrainian versions, the militia launched from Buk-1M mobile unit.

“A surface-to-air missile, with a warhead weighing from 40 to 70 kilos, explodes not inside the object of destruction, but near it, at a distance of 50-100 meters. The detonation of the warhead produces a shock wave that disperses fragments with high velocities. They can puncture the fuselage of an aircraft, but given the size of the Boeing-777 (73 meters long, with a large wingspan), they can not lead to the destruction of the aircraft in separate smaller parts, as it happens with the aircraft that are 7-10 times smaller. Such fragments, when hitting a Boeing-777, can rupture the fuel system of the aircraft. The fuel can spread on the fuselage and wings, setting the whole plane on fire,” said the expert.

“Similarly, if the hydraulic system had been damaged, the Boeing 777 would have lost control of the flight. Thus, if such a large aircraft like Boeing-777 of Malaysia Airlines had been hit by surface-to-air missile, the crew would have been able to warn traffic control services of the situation on board. But we do not see anything like that in registers,” Valentin Vasilescu said.

The plane, as shown by black boxes, collapsed in the air, but this is only possible in case of a horizontal nosedive from the height of ten thousand feet, when the maximum speed limit is exceeded. “If the plane spins, the crew is very often unable to control the aircraft. Instantaneous depressurization of the cockpit may also occur,” the expert said.

Douglas Barrie, a researcher of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said that the edges of a fragment of the cockpit fuselage on the right side were bent from the inside to the outside. This indicates an explosion that occurred inside the plane, which is impossible if the Boeing MH-17 had been shot down by missile equipped with a proximity fuse.

The plane could not be shot down by Buk-M1 as there was no electromagnetic radiation from the missile complex registered. There was no thick plume or white condensation of 10-35 kilometers from the earth, which appears and lasts for several minutes after launch.

The expert notes that he is not alone in his opinion. For example, Gordon Duff, a veteran of the Vietnam War, currently a security consultant, believes that the Malaysian Boeing could not be shot down by surface-to-air or air-to-air missile. According to him, it was either a bomb explosion on board, or “a gun of a Ukrainian fighter jet.” “It was a diabolical brain that planned the attack, as flight MH-17 was shot down from an onboard gun. The gun left traces that make one believe that it was a small bomb that exploded inside,” he said. Canadian expert Michael Bociurkiw wrote in his report that part of the aircraft fuselage was dotted with “shrapnel-like, almost machine gun-like holes.” He said the damage was inspected by Malaysian aviation-security officials. Bociurkiw believes that Boeing MH-17 was shot down from small arms or artillery weapons of a fighter aircraft that had a high fire rate.

The expert referred to the report from BBC correspondent Olga Ivzina from July 23, 2014, which was later censored by the company management. The report provided testimony from residents of the Donetsk region, who confirmed the presence of another aircraft in the sky over the area, where  the catastrophe occurred.


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Kiev’s War Without Mercy Continues

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By Stephen LENDMAN

Kiev fascists are murdering their own Southeastern citizens in cold blood. They’re doing it with full support and complicity from Washington.

Russia’s RIA Novosti news service quoted Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Defense, Franz Klintsevich, saying:

Use of ballistic missiles against Lugansk civilians “suggests that the Ukrainian security forces have been granted carte blanche from the Americans.”

“They do not care what Russia says, what the international community or even Europe says today.”

“They got their carte blanche, and while it remains active they want to deal with the situation in Donetsk as quickly as possible.”

Using ballistic missiles against civilian neighborhoods shows how far Kiev and Washington will go to solidify hardline neo-Nazi-infested fascist rule.

Rule of law principles don’t matter. War without mercy ignores them. Ballistic missiles are powerful weapons.

On impact, “huge explosion(s)” follow. Maximum damage is inflicted. Rossiya-24 television said Kiev forces attacked Lugansk with Tochka-U ballistic missile systems.

They can carry nuclear and chemical weapons, as well as high explosives. Moscow’s protests about using this weapon against civilian neighborhoods are ignored.

Kiev has Washington’s support. It’s taking full advantage. Both countries are guilty of high crimes against peace.

It’s longstanding US practice. Its Ukrainian allies include a rogue’s gallery of societal misfits.

They’re militant fascist thugs. They’re illegitimate putschists. They’re xenophobic, hate-mongering, ultranationalist anti-Semites.

They mock democratic values. They rule by intimidation. They threaten the entire region. They risk direct confrontation with Russia.


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