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 Russian intelligence agency Major General recognized on tape in Dutch MH-17 investigation. AUDIO

One of the suspects in the case on the downing of flight MH17 according to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, was recognized by Ukraine as a former high ranking Russian intelligence officer.

Censor.NET reports citing the article in Dutch nrc.nl news outlet.

The article reads: "It is the first indication that the Dutch Prosecution Service is considering the involvement of high ranking Russian (former) servicemen. On Monday, the Public Prosecution Service published four tapped telephone conversations from the period surrounding the crash. The service did not reveal the callers' identities, but explained that the conversations featured "separatists". On Monday, chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke spoke of "authentic recordings" that "were analyzed through and through".

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"As it turns out, one of the tapped conversations was disclosed earlier by the Ukrainian Secret Service (SBU), shortly after the crash. In this "reconstruction", the SBU identifies one of the callers as "Sergey Nikolayevich Petrovsky", an officer with the Military Intelligence Service (GRU). In interviews, "Khmury" - as Petrovsky likes to be called - said he was discharged from the Russian army in April 2014 with the rank of major general. Immediately after leaving the army, Petrovsky joined the Russian rebel leader Igor Girkin, better known as Strelkov.

"At the time of the crash, Petrovsky was an intelligence officer and Strelkov's deputy commander in Donetsk. In the SBU's sound clip, Petrovsky's conversation partner greets him as "Nikolayevich". In the version of the tape of the Public Prosecution Service, this part was muted. According to the Organized Crime Office, the names were made unrecognizable regarding the safety of the individuals in the recordings, even though these can be found all over the internet already.

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"The tapped phone call shows Petrovsky may be a key figure within the criminal investigation. For instance, Petrovsky was the one who arranged the transport of the BUK missile-system to Donetsk, and from there to the battlefront. "There's no need to hide it, it's going there straightaway", Petrovsky tells "Buryat" on the phone. Petrovsky uses concealing language - "Is it what I think it is?" - Buryat, however, is less careful. "Yeah, yeah, a Buk."



"The Organized Crime Office stated before that there are indications MH17 was downed by a Buk missile. The rebels in eastern Ukraine use the Ukrainian GSM network, which is easy to tap. Over the past months, the SBU uploaded a large amount of these conversations to YouTube. Other audio footage of Petrovsky can be found there as well.

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"Flight MH17, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, crashed near the Eastern-Ukrainian village Hrabove July 17, 2014. All 298 people on board perished, 196 of whom were Dutch. Independent journalism yielded indications for Russian involvement before. Investigation site Bellingcat ascertained that a Buk missile- launcher, that was photographed and filmed in the vicinity of the crash site on July 17th, had been part of a Russian military convoy near the Ukrainian border. The Netherlands run the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), an international investigation team including Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine. Because of the tense relationship with Russia, the investigation has a highly sensitive character. Moscow is denying any involvement in the crash and claims MH17 was probably shot down by a Ukrainian jet," the article reads.

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