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MH17: ‘We saw missiles going through town’

Mon 2014-Jul-28 @ MYT 09:36:17 am

Who fired the shot that brought down Malaysia Airline’s MH17 over eastern Ukraine? Though the answer to that question still remains a matter of controversy, it is now generally accepted that MH17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. But whose missile was it?

Two days ago, Associated Press carried an eye-witness account by its reporters who saw a tracked launcher with four BUK M-1 missiles going through the town of Snizhne in eastern Ukraine a few hours before MH17 crashed.

MH17 at moment of impact? Screenshot from unverified video provided by Euromaidan PR - published by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

MH17 at moment of impact? Screenshot from unverified video provided by Euromaidan PR – published by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

“It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street,” Yuras Karmanau and Peter Leonard wrote. “Three hours later, people six miles (10 kilometers) west of Snizhne heard loud noises. “And then they saw pieces of twisted metal — and bodies — fall from the sky.”

This is an extract from the AP account:

It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment was moving through. But still it was hard to miss the bulky missile system, also known as a Buk M-1. It left deep tread marks in the asphalt as it rumbled by in a small convoy.

The vehicles stopped in front of journalists from The Associated Press. A man wearing unfamiliar fatigues, speaking with a distinctive Russian accent, checked to make sure they weren’t filming. The convoy then moved on, destination unknown in the heart of eastern Ukraine’s pro-Russia rebellion.

Three hours later, people six miles (10 kilometers) west of Snizhne heard loud noises.

And then they saw pieces of twisted metal — and bodies — fall from the sky.

The final position of MH17 as seen on FlightRadar24, north of Snizhne

The final position of MH17 as seen on FlightRadar24, north of Snizhne

At about 4:20 p.m., in the town of Torez, six miles (10 kilometers) west of Snizhne, residents heard loud noises. Some reported hearing two blasts, while others recall only one.

“I heard two powerful blasts in a row. First there was one, but then after a minute, a minute and a half, there was another discharge,” said Rostislav Grishin, a 21-year-old prison guard. “I raised my head and within a minute I could see a plane falling through the clouds.”

The AP account gives details of the journey that the missile convoy took to the Russian border, and also recounts the conversations among the rebels in which the shooting-down was discussed.

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One Comment
  1. Shadaan permalink
    Mon 2014-Jul-28 @ MYT 12:15:46 pm 12:15

    It was from Putin and his henchmen making trouble for Ukraine. Russia is a large country and why there is a need for more land. Putin is the born again Hitler making trouble for this already troublesome world.

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