Video Emerges Of Possible BUK Missile Launcher Used To Take MH17 Down

As evidence piled against separatist fighters using Russian-made missiles to attack Flight MH17, both Moscow and rebels are accusing Ukraine.

Today, footage has emerged showing the BUK missile launcher that allegedly shot down the plane. In the footage, the missile launcher drives along a tree-lined road. The truck was said to be driving toward a pro-Russian defensive position, which could have possibly been the launch site. Other footage showed the machine being taken away after the attack. The footage was allegedly filmed by a Ukrainian intelligence agent.

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A still clip from the video

Disturbing accounts of the scene have also emerged. After viewing the scene, Vsevolod Petrovsky said:

“The plane broke up in the air, and the parts and human bodies are lying within a three kilometre  area. One body broke a hole in the thin roof of summer terrace in a private house. I got out of the car and immediately saw the naked body of a woman, covered by some leaves. There were many bodies without clothes around. Probably, their clothing was torn away after the loss of pressurization. Horrible.”

I go further and see a hill made of the cockpit parts. The area is lit. The pilot’s body is in this seat, with seat belt fastened, he is dressed in his clothes. Among the plane parts there were many parcels. Letters tied with a rope, books, old vinyl records, somebody’s shoes. Children’s caps with the Dutch national flag colours. Amazingly, almost all of these things are not destroyed.

There was no fire in this part of the plane. The fire was in the back part which is lying not far from Grabovo village.” [source]

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A man in military uniform gestures people away from the scene

There was concern that wreckage might be tampered with, and that the Black Box flight recorders could be taken to Moscow for analysis, despite the crash area being in Ukraine under international law.

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Part of the plane’s fuselage

Further evidence reveals that if recordings of rebel radio communications are proven to be genuine, separatist fighters identified as Cossacks might have shot down the aircraft by accidentally mistaking it for a Ukrainian military transport plane.

The missile might also have been shot from inside Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin placed all blame for the crash on Kiev, arguing Ukraine’s crackdown on separatist rebels caused tension that led to the tragedy. Putin said:

“Certainly, the State over which territory it happened, is responsible for this terrible tragedy. This tragedy would not have happened if there was peace on this land, if not for renewed fighting in the south-east of Ukraine.” [source]

The Ukrainian armed forces are also denying involvement:

“The SAM systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were not used, there was not  launched a single anti-aircraft guided missile.” [source]

Pro Russian separatists look on at the devastation

Pro Russian separatists look on at the devastation

US officials are using satellite data and technology that can identify the heat of missile paths to find the source of the attack.

Kiev military analyst Dmitry Tymchuk warned that separatist rebels were trying to hide how they shot the plane. Tymchuk criticized rebel military commander Igor Strelkov on social media for “leaping for joy and gleefully proclaiming ‘Hey, we shot down a plane!’. He said:

“Once they realized that instead of taking down a Ukrainian aircraft, [they] downed a Malaysian [plane], the morons from the ‘DPR’ [Donetsk People’s Republic] and their intellectual equals from Moscow did an immediate 180 turn, yelling that it wasn’t them, and trying to point fingers at the Ukrainian Anti-Terrorist Operation forces without stopping to think.”

“Right now, the dumb lying bastards are busy trying to cover up the tracks of their monstrous crime.” [source]

An emergency worker walks amongst the wreckage

An emergency worker walks amongst the wreckage

The White House said it was prepared to offer “immediate assistance” for “a prompt, full, credible and unimpeded international investigation.”

The U.S. even hit back at Vladimir Putin’s claim that Ukraine’s crackdown on separatist rebels was the reason the plane was shot down.

White House spokesman John Earnest said:

“While we do not yet have all the facts, we do know that this incident occurred in the context of a crisis in Ukraine that is fueled by Russian support for the separatists, including through arms, materiel, and training.”

This incident only highlights the urgency with which we continue to urge Russia to immediately take concrete steps to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.” [source]

Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, said separatist forces will commit to a truce in order to allow full access to the wreck. The separatists also placed blame in Ukraine. Borodai said:

“This was done by Ukrainian aviation or air defence. In all, of course, they will blame us, but we do not have the necessary weapons to shoot down planes at such a height. We are armed only with MANPADS and anti-aircraft guns, which are able to shoot down targets at altitudes of up to three kilometres, and the Boeing was flying at an altitude of 10,600 meters. Kiev needs this as a provocation. To blame us.” [source]

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said a full investigation was critical.

“It is important that a full international investigation should be launched immediately, without any hindrance, to establish the facts and that those who may be responsible are swiftly brought to justice.” [source]

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