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Malaysia Airlines accident: Ukrainian fighter jet is said to have flown towards MH17
According to Russian sources, a Ukrainian fighter jet was nearby before the Malaysian passenger plane crashed in eastern Ukraine. The Sukhoi-25 interceptor had flown towards the Boeing 777 with 298 people on board, said Lieutenant General Andrei Kartopolov of the Russian General Staff.
"The distance between the Su-25 and the Boeing was between three and five kilometers," said Kartopolow. That emerges from the records of the Russian air traffic control. Such a fighter jet was armed with air-to-air missiles that could destroy a target one hundred percent at this distance. Ukrainian statements that there were no fighter planes in the air last Thursday are incorrect. Ukraine should provide information about this aircraft, said Kartopolov.
The Russian Defense Ministry also posted photos and drawn maps on the Internet to illustrate the course of the plane crash. The General Staff presented the results of the investigation on wall projections in the Moscow Situation Center. The satellite images also showed the stationing of the Buk (beech) air defense system in the separatist area. Moscow asked Kiev to explain why such weapons were being set up there, even though the insurgents had no planes.
Last week Ukraine claimed to have extensive evidence - including satellite images - that pro-Russian forces had fired at the Boeing 777-200 with a Buk system. However, the US accuses Russia of supplying the separatists in eastern Ukraine with this system. The government in Washington assumes based on intelligence information that the plane was hit by a rocket from the separatist area.
Russia denies arms deliveries to eastern Ukraine
The Moscow government continues to reject any involvement in the crash of the Malaysian passenger plane. The Defense Ministry in Moscow said Russia had not supplied SA-11 BUK anti-aircraft missiles or any other weapons to the separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russian surveillance systems had also not registered a rocket launch along the flight path of the passenger aircraft. If the US has satellite images, they should make them available to Russia.
Russia is said to have armed rebels
The Ukrainian government believes that Malaysia Airlines' Boeing 777 was shot down last Thursday with a missile from a Russian launching station stationed in the separatist areas. In Ukrainian security circles, it was said that the government in Kiev was sticking, that there was evidence that the rebels had received SA-11 Buk anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, probably with a trained crew.
The Ukrainian secret service recently released information showing that the rebels had negotiated such a shipment from Russia. Because the separatists had no training to operate such a complicated weapon system, it was very likely that an operating team had also come from Russia.
The US also assumes that Russia will arm the rebels. Foreign Minister John Kerry said in several television interviews on Sunday that the US had information that the rebels had received heavy weapons and air defense systems from Russia. Russia must therefore also take responsibility for the incident.
UN resolution has been put to the vote
The UN Security Council could vote in the coming hours on a resolution to crash the Malaysian passenger plane with 298 people on board. According to Western diplomats, the Australian UN mission put its draft resolution "in blue" on Sunday afternoon. This means that the paper is ready for voting and a decision could be made after the usual period of 24 hours. Because the Russians can prevent the resolution with their veto, the outcome is open.
The Australian draft calls for unrestricted cooperation with the international authorities from all parties involved, especially the pro-Russian armed separatists, who have control over the crash site. At the same time, the paper should prohibit any manipulation at the crash site. It also demands that the flight recorders and other evidence be handed over immediately.
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