Ukraine ambassador “MH17 was a terrorist attack, deliberate shot down”

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Ukraine ambassador to Malaysia Olexander Nechytaylo told Malaysian press that MH17 was a deliberate attack on a civilian aircraft.


He adds that in Ukraine, they had defined the incident as a terrorist attack because it was a deliberate attack on a civilian aircraft.

This is a remarkable statement. The Joint Investigation Team so far did not make public a motive. The shot down could be a mistake as well. A motive for a deliberate shot down could be the Russian supported separatists had difficulties because Ukraine had the advantage of military aircraft. As the airspace was open for civilian aircraft, this could prevent the usage of surface to air missile which could destroy  military aircraft flying at high altitudes. A deliberate shot down could be a way to force Ukraine to close its airspace.

Ukraine has published such a scenario.


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3 Comments on Ukraine ambassador “MH17 was a terrorist attack, deliberate shot down”

  1. OMG

    By the way,….korban__krestnyj_otets_bataljona_shahtersk
    The commander of Shakhtarsk Battalion says in this interview of 15 July 2014 that Anton Gerashenko and Vittaly Kropachev, among some others, were “Godfathers” of the battalion. Kropachev hails from Torez, where he knew Vladimri Dyukov (Wowihay), who was a local journalist. Dyukov tweeted the passage of Buk through Torez and posted the missile plume photo. Also, deputy commander of Shakhtarsk (later renamed in Tornado), Ruslan Onishchenko, said in 2016 that it were Tornado members who had filmed the video of Buk. They were in a phone contact with Gerashchenko. In 2017, Onishchenko was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Kropachev reportedly supplies him with good food and drinks and ensures Internet for him. (Onishchenko is indeed active on Facebook).

  2. That’s speculation and hearsay from Nechytaylo –and
    I’m sure the separatists and their Russian backers would indeed have liked to see Ukrainian civil airspace shut down and there is some evidence they were attempting with some success to knock out radar stations to bring about a closure. You’ve rightly criticised the final NOTAM Ukraine issued before MH17 was shot down for being light on detail as to the nature of the danger in overflying eastern Ukraine. The Russian NOTAM issued at or around the same time for western Russia was more explicit – I daresay suspiciously so as they’d have known the actual risk to civilian traffic over Russia was no greater than at any other time. On evidence it’s as far as I’d go in suggesting Russia was actively attempting to get the skies over Ukraine closed –aside from separatist attacks on radar stations of course.

    Also if the Russians had hatched a hair-brained scheme to shoot down any old civilian aircraft over Ukraine with the aim of closing the skies then the question has to be asked –why did that BUK sit on a hillock outside Pervomaiskie for at least two hours before firing? There has to have been a couple of dozen flights going by them in that time if any old flight will do –and wouldn’t it make more sense to shoot at one going west rather than coming east? That would make it easier to try and pin the blame on Kiev forces.
    Also I can’t imagine they’d leave a piece of slow moving equipment like a BUK sit out in the open for that long unless (a) they were confident there were no UkrAF Su25s able to get up that day and (b) they were waiting for a particular flight. For whatever reason the flight they were waiting for wasn’t where it was supposed to be but they fired anyway. They screwed up. It doesn’t lessen their guilt in any way though.

  3. In any case only two versions are probable. Either 1) the autonomous TELAR was placed under the control of people like Strelkov, that, taking into account the position under L980, made shooting down a random civil aircraft almost imminent within a short time frame, or 2) targets were anyhow designated for the regular crew of TELAR from Russia’s air defence force, that suggests hitting a wrong civil aircraft within 2 hours since the TELAR was put on alert to be improbable. So the Russian military men who approved delivery of the TELAR were at least aware of likely consequences, or the attack was planned.

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