Russia had closed the Boeings' and neighboring routes on its territory before it was downed, - The New York Times. PHOTO

Malaysian Boeing 777 was following the route which had been previously used by other commercial airlines on everyday basis.

However, some few hours prior to the catastrophe, Russia had closed down on its territory four routes in this area, including the one that was followed by the downed airliner.

This was reported on July 18, 2014 in an editorial comment of The New York Times under infographics of the tragedy, Censor.NET reports citing Newsru.ua.


"The plane was following the flight route L980, which remained open during the conflict in Ukraine," the report reads.

According to provided data, this route had been actively used by leading European airlines throughout the previous week for flights to Kuala-Lumpur and Bangkok.


The report stresses that Boeing 777 had vanished from radars over the territory controlled by pro-Russian separatists, where "a number of military planes had already been downed."

On July 17, 2014 at approximately 4.20 p.m., Boeing 777 airliner of Malaysian Airlines, which was operating an MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur, vanished from radars. Later it occurred that it was downed near the city of Torez in the Donetsk region.

Witnesses report the plane exploding in the air and dead bodies of passengers being scattered around an area of 4 kilometers.

Adviser to Minister of Internal affairs of Ukraine Anton Herashchenko claims the airliner was downed by pro-Russian terrorists using a Buk MLRS supplied by Russian authorities.

The Security Service of Ukraine has also published an intercepted phone talk of one of the leaders of separatists, Igor Bezler, talking to his curator, Colonel Vasiliy Geranin of the Main intelligence department of the Headquarters of the Armed forces of Russia, reporting about the crime that has just been committed.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/p294445