Ukraine air traffic control organization UkSATSE was not able to hand over DSB the raw and processed primary radar recordings of Dnepropetrovsk area control. Dnepropetrovsk air traffic control center was responsible for control of MH17 at July 17 2014.
This blogpost will provide an overview of all info on the primary radar.
June 16, 2014: radarstation Artemovsk which is one of two primary radar stations for Dnepropetrovsk was destroyed by a group of masked men (source
June 25, 2014: Dmytro Babeichuk, the acting general director of the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) confirms Artemovsk been taken out of action in an article dated June 25 2014 (source). DSB failed to mention that fact in the final report.
July 17, 2014: MH17 is shot down. The air traffic controller at Dnepropetrovsk ask his Russian collegue at Rostov is he sees MH17 on primary radar. This confirms Dnepropetrovsk did not have primary radar available.
A second radar station in Tsjoegoejev was in maintenance according a statement made by the Ukraine ambassador to the Netherlands made at February 3, 2016 (source).
July 23, 2014: Ukraine hands over secondary raw and processed radar recordings to the DSB
September 9, 2014: DSB released the preliminary report. It states that DSB received primary radar recorded by Russian radar.
End of March 2015: a special envoy of the DSB travels to the Ukraine in an ultimate try to obtain radar recordings. According to Minister Koenders the name of this diplomat is Adriaan Jacobovits de Szeged (source)
Dutch newspaper AD reports on February 6, 2016 that according the Ukraine ministry of Transport after January 2015 no talks were done with DSB on radar recordings! (source)
Er is geen Nederlandse diplomaat in maart naar Oekraïne gegaan, misschien is er sprake van een misverstand. Ik denk dat er gesproken wordt over een oud-diplomaat, de heer Jacobovits. Hij deed op persoonlijke titel faciliterend werk voor de OVV. De kern daarvan is dat de contacten van de OVV onafhankelijk zijn. Uiteraard faciliteert het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken dat. Het is onze rol om ervoor te zorgen dat iemand weet waar hij heen moet gaan en dat er gesprekken tot stand komen. Maar de betreffende diplomaat heeft dit juist vanwege die onafhankelijkheid gedaan.
October 13, 2o15. DSB presents final report. Mentions primary radar recordings are not available because of maintenance.
December 14, 2015 Member of Parliament Omtzigt asks questions on the missing radar recordings
December 15, 2015. Omtzigt submits a motion to force Dutch government to request radar data. PM Rutte discourages the motion
December 17 , 215 . The ruling parties PvdA and VVD rejected a vote filed by CDA member Pieter Omtzigt to have the Dutch government via the EU request both Ukraine and Russia to hand over radar recordings.
January 12 2016: member of parliament Pieter Omtzigt requested to ask oral questions to the Dutch government on the missing radar recordings of both Ukraine and Russia. However the request was not granted by the chairwomen of the dutch parliament. (source: Tweet of Pieter Omtzigt). Omtzigt will now request a debate about the radar recordings. VVD and PvdA initially disagree to have a debat on the missing radar recordings. (Tweet Omtzigt). Later both VVD and PvdA agreed to have a seperate meeting on radar images.
January 20 2016: The Dutch government did not do anything to obtain radar images by filing a complain at ICAO. Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reports
January 21, 2016. In a letter to the Parliament, minister van der Steur states the prosecutor does not need additional, primary radar recordings (source)
January 22, 2o16. The Dutch Parliament has a public hearing of experts. A radar expert explains three radar stations must have been able to detect MH17. According to the expert it is extremely unlikely all three were in maintenance at July 17, 2014. (source)
February 2, 2016: Eurcontrol confirms it never received a notification of Ukraine that radar stations were not operational (source)
February 3, 2016 : a former secretary of state of Ukraine told Dutch journalists on an US embassy organized press trip that Ukraine never received a request by DSB to hand over radar recordings (source)
February 3, 2016 : the Ukraine ambassador to the Netherlands tells RTL Nieuws that DSB did request for radar recordings (source). According to the ambassador it was all a “misunderstanding”
February 4 2016. During a plenary debate on the missing radar recordings in Dutch parliament, Pieter Omtzigt submitted a new motion. He requests government to contact Russia, Ukraine, VS and NATO and ask for radar recordings. Voting on the motion will be on Tuesday 9 February. VVD and PvdA will likely not support the motion.
February 4 2016. Minister van der Steur tells in the debate that the Dutch prosecutor told that the prosecutor (OM/JIT) does not need any additional radar recordings. Van der Steur does not know the date this was said. There is no written and signed letter which confirms the statement of the OM.
February 6, 2016. Dutch newspaper AD reports that Ukraine Ministry of Transport confirms in a written statement that since January 2015 there were no talks with DSB about radar recordings. DSB writes in the final report that in March 2015 a special envoy went to the Ukraine to do an ultimate try to get radar recordings. (source)
January 10, 2019. I posted a new blogpost about radar. A previously not mentioned military primary radarsystem in use to protect Ukraine airspace was operational at July 17, 2014.by