The secret service of Ukraine (SBU) released in 2014 a couple of intercepted telephone calls between separatists and Russian military people.
One of the recorded phone calls was released via internet by SBU within hours of the crash.
One of three alleged phone calls was made 20 minutes after the plane crash by Igor Bezler, a pro-Russian separatist and rebel commander. The security agency said he called his “coordinator” Vasyl Mykolaiovych Geranin, whom the SBU claims is a colonel of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence apparatus.
The video can be seen here.
There are a couple of issues with this video:
- The time is incorrect. The first call is done at 4:40 PM local time.Bezler tells ‘we have just shot down a plane’. Bezler says it was shot down 30 minutes ago. 4:40pm minus 30 minutes makes 4:10 PM. However MH17 FDR stopped recording at 4:20 PM.
- The location the plane has crashed according Bezler. “it fell down near Enakivo’. The village name is also known as Yenakijeve. Enakievo is however 30 km from the place where the cockpit was found. And even 35 km from Hrabove where the main fuselage was found. Interesting is that avherald.com reports that the transponder data became unreliable near Enakievo. This is the location where the transponder data became unreliable.
- Another tapped telephone call was between two separatists named “Major” and “Grek” .
Grek (Russian for “Greek”] is a nickname for Alexander Afendikov Grigoryevich. He is an ethnic Greek in the sixth generation from Russia. His love for Greece can be seen on this photo where he wears a Greek flag as patch on his army uniform. During the conflict in Donbass Afendikov was on the side of the militia and for some time was even a commandant.
of Yenakiyevo. He is now mayor of Debaltsevo.
Major states the missile was launched from Chernukhino (also named Chornukhyne, Chernuhinskoho or Tschernuhino (German language). This location is near Debaltseve and 45 km from Enakivo. So what about the launch location near Snizhne?
In a third tapped telephone called someone addresses Grek as as “Sasha” (short for Alexander).
Christo Grozev called Grek. See his blog here. You will also hear the voice of Grek. Grek denies that the recorded telephone call was real.
At July 17 10:19 PM local Kiev time polician Oleh Tyahnybok sent out a Tweet. Translated it reads:
Is 100% evidence that the passenger plane, which was flying from Amsterdam to Malaysia brought down by terrorists from the Chernuhinskoho checkpoint.
Є 100 % докази, що пасажирський літак, який летів з Амстердаму в Малайзію збили терористи з Чернухінського блокпосту.
— Олег Тягнибок (@o_tiahnybok) July 17, 2014
International Business Times published a transcript of the telephone conversations.
The video has been translated in several languages and is published at the website of the SBU.