Bellingcat announced on the journalist group’s page on Facebook that it will release a report on the Russian military unit allegedly responsible for providing the Buk-M1 system that downed MH17, Joinfo.ua reports.
“On February 24 at 6am GMT, we will release our 100+ page report on Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, which we believe is responsible for providing the Buk-M1 system that downed MH17. The report investigates the brigade’s activities in the summer of 2014, its command structure, and possible suspects for participating in or authorizing the transfer of a Buk-M1 system into Ukraine on July 2014. This version of the report is redacted from the longer, uncensored version that was sent to the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team on Christmas 2015,” said the Bellingcat in the post.
It should be recalled that in January the Bellingcat submitted its report to the Dutch prosecutors. The reports claimed that members of a Russian air defence brigade were involved in the downing of Malaysian airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine.
Bellingcat said it identified up to 100 Russian soldiers from a Kursk-based air defense unit who may have knowledge of the movements of the missile launcher that destroyed the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014.
Dutch prosecutors confirmed on Monday that they are “seriously studying” the claims, made in a 123-page report based on an analysis of thousands of photographs and social media posts by members of Russia’s 53rd air defence brigade.
Malaysian airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
An air accident investigation by the Dutch Safety Board released in October concluded that the Boeing 777 was destroyed by a Buk anti-aircraft missile fired from a position inside separatist territory.