At the June 2019 pressconference by the Joint Investigation Team new evidence was made public. An intercepted telephone conversation links the Russian backed separatists to the Kremlin.
The telephone conversation was between Vladislav Surkov, a personal advisor to President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine , and Alexander Yurevich Borodai which was Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in 2014. Surkov has been working for Kremlin for 20 years. From December 2011 until May 2013 he served as the Russian Federation’s Deputy Prime Minister.
Surkov is seen here on the right talking with president Putin.
The telephone conversation took place at July 11, 2014. Borodai requested Surkov for more support. At July 17 MH17 was shot down by a Buk Telar which belonged to the Russian armed forces.
The telephone numbers used for this conversation are remarkable. Surkov’s telephone simcard used number +7 926 5318528 while the simcard of Borodai used +7 926 5318514.
According records of the Russian Federal Communications Agency , Rossvyaz , the 926 range of telephone numbers is used by a Russian telecom operator called MegaFon for the Moscow region.
Remarkable is that only the last two digits of both telephone numbers are different. This indicates the numbers used are so called burner phones acquired by the same organization. These are thrown away when not required anymore.
MegaFon could be linked to the Kremlin. A former Russian minister of telecommunications, Leonid Reiman, was the founder of MegaFon. The Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC) has accused MegaFon of illegal business operations and participation in the military and economic annexation of Georgia.
Ukraine General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko has no doubts these numbers belong to the Kremlin. According Lutsenko, Surkov and Borodai used telephones which encrypted the conversation. However Ukraine secret service was able to intercept these calls. SBU has around 600 intercepted telephone calls which are related to the downing of MH17, reports Dutch RaamopRusland.by