Ukraine Minister of Foreign Affairs Klimkin states in an interview with Dutch TV program EenVandaag: “Ukraine authorities were not aware of presence of modern warfare equipment in East Ukraine which could shot down passenger aircraft “. According to Klimkin “the disaster with MH17 came as a complete surprise” and “there was no intelligence about such weaponary”
How likely is it Ukraine security services were not aware of presense of surface to air systems in Eastern Ukraine? It seems very unlikely.
At July 10 in an interview with Frankfurter Algemeine Klimkin talks about the separatists using anti aircraft missiles.
At July 15 Klimkin told CNN surface to air missile were entering East Ukraine from Russia. “And as you know, you can probably buy Kalashnikov in a kind of shop on the black market, but you can’t buy tanks or you can’t buy anti-air missiles there.”
Also at July 15 the Ukraine government states Russia is invading Ukriane using sophisticated military equipment.
At July 17 shortly before MH17 was shot down Andrei Lysenko, spokesman of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said the separatists have a BUK surface to air system which is able to target aircraft flying at high altitude. Here is another article in Ukraine press about the statement. Lysenko states that a BUK seen in a video recorded in Luhansk.
Also at July 17 Die Zeit published an interview with Klimkin. He again states Russian surface to air weaponssystems are in use.