"Major-General Nazarov, the ATO Chief of Staff, one of the commanders of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, has kindly started to become familiar with materials of the case on the destruction of IL-76 military aircraft that was shot down by the Russian militants at the airport in Luhansk on June 14, 2014. In November, Nazarov was charged with negligence of duties that resulted in death of 49 servicemen: nine pilots of Melitopol Transport Aviation Brigade and 40 paratroopers of the 25th Brigade from Dnipropetrovsk. The General had not considered it necessary to study the case for five months and was dragging out the trial. It is a blatant violation of the law, but Nazarov has no respect for justice because he is friends with the Chief of General Staff. And now Nazarov finally started to study the case so there is a chance that the trial begins yet before the anniversary of the tragedy," Butusov wrote.
According to him, the key evidence against Nazarov is testimony of the Security Service Colonel K., the head of the ATO electronic intelligence, who reported to Nazarov about interceptions, which gave every indication that there was an ambush at the airport, that the enemy had got anti-aircraft missiles, that the planes should not be sent. According to the testimony of Colonel K., "After the third time General Nazarov has heard the report, he said: "F@#k you!"," Butusov wrote citing the witness.
"The second key witness is Air Force Colonel Lukianchuk, senior test pilot. This pilot is an expert in this investigation. He concluded that the command failed to take security measures to safeguard the flight of IL-76, regardless of the fact that an aircraft had been shot down near Sloviansk by that time as well as five helicopters and the threat of the attack with the use of the anti-aircraft missiles was very high. Nazarov's lawyer Miroshnyk met with Lukianchuk and threatened to dismiss Colonel Lukianchuk from the army on behalf of the General if he does not change his testimony. Lukianchuk refused. Moreover, he filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General's office against Miroshnyk, and told about this crime at a meeting of the parliamentary anti-corruption committee. The case on IL-76 downing will reveal many of our army command's drawbacks, the current situation, and altitude of intelligence.
"I hope that those who investigated the IL-76 and Ilovaisk cases will be able to see it through, and the government will ensure protection of the experts and investigators, because many people are not going to remain silent nowadays," the journalist wrote.