One of Ukraine's friends in the Netherlands, who sincerely supports Ukraine's struggle for independence and is deeply concerned with killings of thousands of innocent people, was also invited to the tour. This person provided Censor.NET with exclusive images from the hangar and pictures of submunitions of the Buk-M1-2, which are involved in the criminal proceeding.
Unfortunately, much of the plane's wreckage was either destroyed at the spot by the Russian military or taken away and recycled. However, the investigators received enough evidence to prove numerous key details of the story.
Question #1 - what kind of weapons hit the Boeing? It should be noted that the investigation checked all anti-Ukrainian versions for the purpose of objectivity. Initially, Russia announced it was a Ukrainian Buk [anti-aircraft missile system], but the version was quickly forgotten for it had no sense - the nearest positions of Ukrainian surface-to-air missile systems were hundreds of kilometers away from the crash spot. The explosion destroyed the jet liner's cabin - the plane was hit at the spot. Then, version #2 arose - Russia accused Ukraine of its Su-25 downing the Boeing with its missile. Su-25 did take off that day and performed a task in a different area, but of course it did not approach the jet liner.
The version was disproved by all experts, including general designer of Su-25, famous Russian airman Vladimir Babak.
There were no other Ukrainian planes in the sky. This version was examined in depth by the Dutch and Australian investigators. They confirmed that a liner of Boeing-777 type could not be intercepted by a strike fighter, even by theory. They confirmed that Ukrainian strike fighters do not have adequate weapons. Our Su-25 can be equipped with the only modification of air-to-air missile, and that is R-60 (aka AA-8). This missile has a very small warhead, and it does not have shrapnel of the capacity and weight that hit the Boeing. Besides, these old missiles are way past their warranty period and have not been used by the Ukrainian Air Force for eight years, for their endurance is over and the new ones were not supplied. Short-range aircraft rockets are not produced in Ukraine - the R-60 was made in Russia.
Along with the theory, bomb disposal experts as well as missile and air weapons experts were busy investigating.
During this period, forensic examiners have been working without cease. They found submissiles of the rocket in surviving parts of the plane.
After the wreckage had been put together in the hangar and the nature of the destruction had been established, it became clear that no air-launched missile or aircraft gun could bring such massive destruction to a jet liner.
The anti-aircraft missile version became the major one. The spider-work on analysis of warheads of modern anti-aircraft missiles continued.
Anyway, it was important to establish the type of the missile. The investigators received access to all kinds of anti-aircraft missiles used by Air Force and Air Defense of Ukraine.
The configuration of missile's submunitions was identified fairly quickly. The extracted submunitions are very similar to those of Buk-M1. Ukraine has such Buks in its defense, but of course, there were none of them near Torez, in the rear of the occupied area, only Russian ones. The form of the elements looks similar, but the size differs. NATO intelligence services have carried out a large-scale parallel search of modern Russian ground-to-air missiles submunitions. By an operation the details of which have not been yet disclosed, a warhead of a Buk-M1-2 missile of Russian production fell into hands of investigators. When it was disassembled, it turned out that submunitions that hit the Boeing are exactly the same as those of the warhead of this modern Russian anti-aircraft missile. Buk-M1-2 complex was developed in 1997, supplied to the Russian Armed Forces in 1998, and never delivered to Ukraine.
Thus, the Prosecutor's Offices of the Netherlands and Australia have prepared a convincing evidence base which also includes a number of other details that are not yet subject to disclosure.
Identification of Buk-M1-2 is extremely important for the investigation, not only because it allows establishing that the missile had been supplied by Russia, and its responsibility for the death of 298 people is proved. It also shows that the launch was carried out by military forces of the Russian Federation, for the Buk-M1-2, which was never delivered to Ukraine, can be only used by servicemen having experience with it and being in active military service.
Both the investigation and investigative journalists have found original photographs of the Buk missile near Torez, and were able to identify the launch site and thereby confirm the authenticity of the missile launch photos, and to prove the authenticity of the photos and videos of Buk transportation near Torez by reference to real geographical coordinates.
Russia and Putin are to be tried for all the military crimes conducted by the Russian aggressors. Kremlin rulers will not be able to wash off their black souls and reputations from the responsibility for the downed Boeing.
This image shows real crumpled subammunition of the Buk-M1-2, extracted from the Boeing, and a whole subammunition, extracted from a missile warhead. There are much more images like this one in the file.
Here are models of subammunitions of missile warheads which destroyed the Boeing, in actual size.
Images from the hangar where details of the Boeing are assembled.
Red cones show real size of the plane, its motors and wings. Inside the silhouette, surviving details are put in their places where they were supposed to be.
Commemoration boards to those killed in the crash.
Yurii Butusov, Censor.NET