Dutch tv program Nieuwsuur broadcasted at July 1 2017 the first episode of reconstruction of what happened to MH17 on July 17, 2014. Watch a recording of the first episode here. Item starts at 09:48.
For those of you with troubles watching, here is a recording on Youtube.
The second episode will be broadcasted on Sunday July 2.
I used the excellent comments of Arnold Greidanus on Twitter in this blogpost.
The first episode had some interesting new details.
- The video of the parked BUK in Donetsk was first shown to French journalists in the Ramada hotel in Donetsk in the morning of July 17
- Ukraine SBU was constantly monitoring the Donetsk-Snizhne road for military movements by separatists. This road was the main supply route for separatists fighting near the Ukraine-Russia border.
- Severall eyewitness active as separatists saw that MH17 was fired at from the ground
- At July 17 no Ukraine aircraft were operating. One reason was because of bombing of own positions the day before. Another reason given was it costs too much.
- An informant of the SBU saw the BUK TELAR missing one missile on a truck in Luhansk heading to the Russian border.
- Ukraine people went to the Netherlands to witness for the Dutch Public Prosecution Service. According Nieuwsuur reporter Dennekamp there seems to be two parallel investigations.
The maker of the video showing the BUK parked in Donetsk is not aware of what he filmed. A bit later he walked into the Ramada hotel in Donetsk and shows the video to a group of French journalists.
The Ramada is about 4,5 km drive from the location where the video was made.
Though not mentioned explicitly: the person showing dashcam video to French journalists was most likely their driver.
The man who made the video told the journalists he saw large missile on the BUK. French freelance photographer Capucine Granier-Deferre saw the video buy did not put much attention to it as she had to leave. She was just to leave for working with Jerome Sessini in the area that day. Sessini was later called by a separatists press officer and was told “We shot down a military plane”.
Nieuwsuur found out the Ukraine secret service was monitoring live the road Donetsk towards Snizhne permanently till mid July. So SBU was able to know exactly what kind of weapons were in the hands of the separatists. Reporter Gert-Jan Dennekamp told after his item was shown that SBU had camera’s along the road. “In June SBU had observation camera’s placed in the streets of Torez. And also in streets of a city nearby” according Anton Gerasjenko, advisor of minister of Internal Affairs.
However at July 17 the camera’s were not working because bad internet connections. But SBU still had the spotters so they knew what was moving.
At July 17 around 12 o’clock someone called Anton Gerasjenko. He told Gerasjenko an acquaintance of his, a taxidriver in Snizhne, saw a strange vehicle. He had seen tanks before , these were recognized, but this vehicle was not recognized.
Nieuwsuur further explains that from the night of July 15-16 during 19 hours heavy fighting near Marynovka was taking place. From Russian soil Grads were fired to Ukraine positions. Marynovka was taken by separatists. During 16th of July several air attacks, one Su-25 downed.
An Ukraine army commander told NOS reporter that at July 17 there were no Ukraine fighterjets operating. He did not ask for air support as on the day before at bombing runs Ukraine positions were hit.
Another commander of Ukraine army named Sergei Mandalina told there were no planes flying as it would cost too much.
Russian LiveNews reports intially an Antonov was shot down by a missile.
Anonymous Ukrainian commander near Marynovka tells he saw MH17 fall from the clouds.
Separatist commander Som didn’t see the missile but his men told him they saw it went straight up turning right.
<remark> I do not understand the turning right. See the map below. From both Saur Mogila as from Marynovka a missile launched from a field south of Snizhne would appear to be going left, northwest from the position of the person watching the missile.
The image below was taken from MH17.webtak.ru. It has an insert showing the patch on the left arm of commander Som. It shows he was part of the Vostok battalion.
They were stationed at/near Saur-Mogila. Som now believes the man saw a BUK missile. Som denies the missile had hit MH17. He cannot tell much more but it happened before there eyes.
Some of the Ukrainian commanders interviewed are also witnesses to the JIT and were brought to the Netherlands to testify.
Anton Gerasjenko told Nieuwsuur that a policeman saw in the morning of July 18 the BUK on a lowloader driving in Luhansk and missing one misisle. The policeman was spying in a safehouse. His task was to film all transports that were driving by.
This was not shown in the Nieuwsuur item. I added the photo below as some people are not convinced of the smoke plume.by