Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lucia Now rebel leader admits the pro-Russian separatists may have shot down MH-17 [UPDATE and then denies it]

... but whatever the case, it was Ukraine's fault the passenger plane was shot down.

In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence.


"I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR," he said, referring to the Luhansk People’s Republic, the main rebel group operating in Luhansk, one of two rebel provinces along with Donetsk, the province where the crash took place.

"That BUK I know about. I heard about it. I think they sent it back. Because I found out about it at exactly the moment that I found out that this tragedy had taken place. They probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its presence," Khodakovsky told Reuters on Tuesday.

"The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence that the volunteers have this technology, through the fault of Russia. It not only did nothing to protect security, but provoked the use of this type of weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians," he said.

"They knew that this BUK existed; that the BUK was heading for Snezhnoye," he said, referring to a village 10 km (six miles) west of the crash site. "They knew that it would be deployed there, and provoked the use of this BUK by starting an air strike on a target they didn’t need, that their planes hadn’t touched for a week."

"And that day, they were intensively flying, and exactly at the moment of the shooting, at the moment the civilian plane flew overhead, they launched air strikes. Even if there was a BUK, and even if the BUK was used, Ukraine did everything to ensure that a civilian aircraft was shot down."

I would guess that the rebels and the Russians have realised that they can't fool everyone over who shot down MH-17, so now they are trying to cast blame, in the hope that the world will buy that. Unbelievable.

Related link: Exclusive: Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile ~ Yahoo News

UPDATE: Looks like the rebel leader has revoked his story.

Russian-Backed Separatist Leader Khodakovsky Changes His Story to Reuters — or Does He? , Asks The Interpreter.  Essential reading into the confusing world of Russian intelligence operations.

2 comment(s):

Andrei said...

We live in a time of great peril for us all - this is just more noise designed to confuse and muddy waters.

(1) The Black boxes from the plane are in England, sealed, where their contents will be downloaded under international supervision

(2) The Russians have provided radar records from Rostov covering the time of the planes catastrophe

(3) The Americans thus far are prevaricating about providing their comparable records

(4) The Russians have provided satellite images of the area in the days preceding, the day, and the days following the disaster

(5) The Americans thus far are prevaricating when it comes to providing their equivalent data

(6) The data from the control towers is Kiev and Dnipropetrovsk are thus far missing in action -
very important for any enquiry into what happened

Open minds and a fully public enquiry are what are required - anything less and we may well find ourselves engulfed in a catastrophe that far exceeds what we have seen up until now..

Andrei said...

Well I never the Reuters journalist who wrote that pap was unaware that the interview was video taped - I've seen it and no doubt soon a fully subtitled version will appear on Youtube.

Oh dear, Oh dear Oh dear

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