German investigative television program ‘Frontal 21‘ confirmed the identity of a former Russian secret service officer . The man named Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov , born on 2 April 1967, is a suspect for being responsible for arranging the transport of the Russian BUK TELAR which shot down MH17 at July 17, 2014.
The television program will be broadcasted at January 29 on ZDF starting at 21:00.
Ukraine secret service SBU published multiple tapped telephone conversations in which a man using nickname ‘Orion’ (Oreon) can be heard. Bellingcat reported Orion is highly likely Oleg Vladimirovich Ivannikov.
In September 2016 Joint Investigation Team requested the public for information on Orion (mentioning the name as Andreay Ivanovich).
Frontal 21 spoke to a former fellow student, Viktor Sekistov. He had studied together with Ivannikov at the Kiev Military Aerospace Academy of the Soviet Army from 1985 and served together with him from 1991 to 1994 in the 33rd Fighter Regiment in Wittstock, former East Germany.
Bellingcat confirmed Ivannikov had graduated from the Kyiv Military Aviation Engineering Academy in 1988
An investigator of the Ukraine secret service SBU told Frontal 21 that Ivannikov is a high-ranking officer of the Russian military intelligence service GRU. Ivannikov entered Eastern Ukraine in June 2014 and lead combat operations of Russian backed separatists against the Ukraine army. According SBU Ivannikov was resposible for the transport of the Russian BUK Telar.
Frontal 21 also talked to Igor Girkin, the former “Defense Minister” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Girkin confirmed the existence of Ivannikov. Girkin did not comment on the question what the role of Ivannikov was.by