TIME's Simon Shuster writes about it, Censor.NET reports. The separatists say lack the firepower to have shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
"We don't have weapons that can take down a plane from that altitude," Tsariov told TIME, minutes after news of the crash broke.
"But only three weeks ago they had plenty of those weapons. At the end of June, the Russian state media had congratulated the rebels on their latest military acquisition - a set of Russian-made BUK missile launchers seized from a Ukrainian air force base. "The Donetsk resistance fighters have captured an anti-aircraft military station," declared the Kremlin's main television network Vesti, which has been cheering on the rebel fighters since the war in eastern Ukraine began this spring. "The skies above Donetsk will now be protected by the BUK surface-to-air missile complex," said the headline on the channel's website."
According to Shuster, the separatists "quickly seemed to put their new rockets to work. The downing of Ukrainian military aircraft has become almost commonplace in recent days. And Russian media trumpeted another rebel strike late on Thursday afternoon, claiming that a Ukrainian AN-24 had gone down over the town of Torez."
"Asked about the BUK missiles that the rebels acquired in June - and apparently used successfully since then against the Ukrainian military - Tsarev said, "I have no more information for you," and hung up the phone."