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 Persons driving Russian Buk that downed Boeing MH17 identified, Bellingcat investigators say

Bellingcat team that focuses on open source investigation has found that the Malaysian Boeing was downed by Buk system servicing the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, stationed in Kursk area.

Censor.NET reports citing the report by Bellingcat.

The report states that on July 17, 2014, the Buk system was transported by a truck from Donetsk to Snizhne, then proceeded on its own to the south of Snizhne. From there, the report reads, the missile that downed the Malaysian Airlines flight was launched at 4:20 p.m. local time.

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The authors of the report state that the Buk seen near Snizhne is of Russian origin. According to the team's conclusions, the complex used to serve the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, Kursk area, Russia, before having been towed to Snizhne.

The report dubs the complex "3×2" due to an obscured number on the side of the vehicle (as is the case with the ID numbers of many of the vehicles transported from Russia to Ukraine). Buk 3×2 was identified as being part of a military convoy that travelled from Kursk to Millerovo, Russia, between June 23 and June 25, 2014.

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Images below prove that the Buk seen near Snizhne on July 17, 2015, and the same type complex photographed in Russia in June, 2014, are the same.

Both images, the right being from Russia, the left from Ukraine, and geolocation of which has been confirmed by Bellingcat, the 3х2 Buk features similar loading markings, remaining symbols of the number, and white paint on the rubber side skirt below those numbers in exactly the same position.

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"During Bellingcat's research into the many Buk sightings, it became clear that the rubber side skirt above the tracks of Buk missile launchers can become damaged over time and that this damage creates a unique "fingerprint" allowing different Buk photographs to be matched. In the case of Buk 3×2 and the Buk photograph by Paris Match in Donetsk, the side skirts were nearly identical," the report reads.
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It was possible to identify the 53rd Air Defense Brigade, based outside of Kursk, as the origin of the convoy, along with details of which members and units of the 53rd Brigade were part of the convoy. Furthermore, Bellingcat's research into the convoy identified the military transport battalions involved in the convoy, including the identities of four individuals who could have driven the vehicle transporting Buk 3×2.

The information published on Bellingcat, and additional unpublished information, has been provided to the Joint Investigation Team investigating the downing of MH17.

Censor.NET reported earlier that the international expert group's report presented to the International organization of civil aviation includes decisive evicence proving Russian origin of the warhead of the latest missile that downed the Boeing.
 
 
 
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