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 Russia closed its border airspace right before MH17 crash, - Forbes

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On the night of July 17, 2014, Russia banned all civil aviation flights from its airspace adjacent to Ukraine at an altitude of 16,150 meters and below, which corresponds to the Buk missile system maximum firing range.

Censor.NET reports citing Forbes referring to the 2015 report by the Dutch Safety Board.

Imposing such a restriction, the Russian side cited flight safety measures needed due to hostilities in the territory of Ukraine near the state border of the Russian Federation.

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It's unknown why Russia decide to impose the ban exactly on July 16, despite the fact that the fighting in the Donbas had been already on for several months.

In its explanation, the Russian side said it was done to coordinate restrictive measures with Ukraine, whose airspace is adjacent to that of Russia.

In fact, no agreement was ever reached - Ukraine closed its airspace at an altitude of 9,454 meters and below, while Russia's restriction involved a much higher altitude of 16,150 meters and actually meant a complete ban on all civil aviation flights.

The Russian side refused to comment on the mismatch.

Moreover, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was to pass through the area controlled by the Rostov air traffic control center which was aware of the restriction and still remained silent.

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Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. 298 people died in the crash. The passengers were citizens of 10 countries. The majority of victims (196) were Dutch nationals.
 
 
 
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