Ukraine deputy air defence commander states BUK missile was fired just before July 17 2014

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

In an interview with Russian independant newspaper Novaya Gazeta,  a deputy  commander of the Ukraine air defence stated a few days before July 17, 2014 a BUK missile was launched at a Mig 29 of the Ukraine air force.

The article was published June 30, 2015.

Oleg Zaharchuk stated to the newspaper:

Not long before July 17th, a pilot, whose name I can not name, is in a Mig-29 and is noticing a BUK – here you can not visually mistake this for another weapon. The pilot has done an anti-rocket maneuver and escaped to the launched missile. And soon after that the MH17 was hit “

In Newsweek edition of July 2015 Oleg Zaharchuk was quoted as well:

“In June, three Buks arrived, situated near Donetsk, in Torez and to the north of Novoazovsk,” says Oleg Zakharchuk, deputy chief of Ukraine’s air force. “[Our planes have] a radar warning receiver system, and our pilots on patrol were exposed to the radar’s activity from time to time. The pilot could see in his cockpit that he was within the area of a Buk’s activity. That was exactly the area the Boeing went down.”

Oleg Zaharchuk was working in the air traffic command centre of the Ukraine air force and confirmed at July 17 no military aircraft were operating.

He also states that almost one year after the disaster nobody was interviewed by the investigation team.

Both civil and military air traffic control in Ukraine is done by UkSATSE. This does not seem to be a very reliable organization seeing this post. 

An comment posted at, a forum used by professional airports and others working in the aviation idustry, suggested Ukraine air traffic control UkSATSE was aware of presence of surface to air missiles. The comment was posted at June 14, 2014. The comment reads:

“” Ukrainian officials should close whole airspace over eastern part. now is closed up to fl260. Russian terrorists can easily hit passenger a/c.

Some users doubt when the message above was posted. This because the ‘last edited’. What a pity that same user did not use webarchive. He then could see there was a snapshot of this thread made at July 21, 2014. Showing the same exact message. The change at September 19 was “Now is closes up to fl260” -> “now is closed up to fl260”

If true, this is interesting information and needs to be researched by the Joint Investigation Team.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

6 Comments on Ukraine deputy air defence commander states BUK missile was fired just before July 17 2014

  1. “The comment was posted at June 14, 2014”
    What was written at once is not known, the comment was edited after the plane crashed.
    “Last edited by TC_Ukraine; 19th Sep 2014 at 16:36.”

    • Vam: Why didn’t you check webarchive? You could then see the message was posted at June 21 and not changed at the time the snapshot by Webarchive was made (July 21).

      • The link to the archive was in the original version of the article? Then I apologize.
        “Now is closes up to fl260” -> “now is closed up to fl260”

        • No need to apologize. I added the text of the webarchive after your comment. However as a frequent visitor to this site as well as contributor to MH17. I had expected you to check webarchive yourself.

  2. Fascinating admission that BUK was being fired days earlier than July 17. THis fits the July 14th transport thesis.

  3. Novay Gazeta is a Russian newspaper. It claims to be independent, but as long as it based in Russia it cannot be truly independent. Therefore you cannot rely 100% on its findings.
    I have 2 question:
    * Why would high rank Ukrainian commander give interview, provide details of military operations to a Russian media?
    * I found Zakharchuk photo at (the direct link to photo is While Novaya Gazeta’s Zakharchuk looks similar to genuine Zakharchuk, yet I’m not sure, if it is the same person.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.