Almaz-Antey claims that MH17 was shot down by a BUK located near Zaroshchenske.
However there are no eyewitness who saw a BUK.
Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta spoke 6 people living in Zaroshchenske. Nobody saw a BUK. They told the reporter the area was under control by the separatists.
Max van der Werf visited the area and he approached several people. Nobody saw or heard anything like a BUK or BUK smoke plume. One man worked the whole day in the field and did not hear anything.
I included the comment of Andrew here because it is important to get the context:
” Max also found that south of Shyshovka and Zaroshchenske, there are literally no people around for 10 km. In the village of Shaposhnykovo he found one old man. Reports about the artillery attack on this village on 7/21-22/14 report a single old woman being killed. No other people or houses were seen until he found a couple of others in Mala Shyshovka far to the southeast. The launch area settled on by Almaz Antey encompasses the area from the southeast corner of Zaroshchenske to the northeast of Mala Shyshovka. This is a completely vacant territory lacking people to be eyewitnesses.”
German investigative bureau Correct!v went Zaroshchenske to and spoke to several people. Again nobody saw or heard anything what could be a BUK.
Dutch TV reporter Rudy Bouma of NOS Nieuwsuur visited Zaroschenskoye in October 2015 and “villagers didn’t witness a Buk launch previous to the crash”, though the Ukrainian army was around 5km away at the time.
The Dutch TV filmed in and the item can be seen here (at 18:00)by