The moment of the trial in the case of MH17 (March 2020) is inexorably approaching, after which, as expected, those responsible for the deaths of innocent citizens will be named. However, the perpetrators are already well known.
Findings of the investigation team
On September 28, 2016 in the Netherlands, an international investigation team, composed of representatives from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine, announced the interim results of its investigation, according to which MH17 flight was shot down from Buk anti-aircraft system originated from Russia from a territory controlled by pro-Russian elements.
On May 24, 2018, investigators specified that Buk was brought to Donbass from Kursk region, where the 53rd brigade of the Russian armed forces is based. Also, the efforts of the group resulted in the route of Buk transportation was restored.
On June 19, 2019, the international investigation team (JIT) announced suspicions of four involved in the crash of MH17 flight – DPR Ex–Defense Minister Girkin, the former head of “intelligence of the DPR” Sergey Dubinsky, the former Russian officer Oleg Pulatov and the commander of “GRU DNR” reconnaissance battalion Leonid Kharchenko.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Russian Federation is making every effort to shift responsibility to others, putting forward a lot of hypotheses about the causes of this terrible crash. Kremlin has repeatedly tried to shift the blame to Ukraine, raising the question, “why Ukraine has not closed its airspace.”
Apparently, Moscow’s attempts were successful, and the Netherlands surrendered. A clear confirmation of this was the message that the Dutch parliament unanimously supported the idea of investigating the role of Ukraine in the case of the crash of MH17 flight. This was stated on the website of the country’s legislative body.
The impetus for such a decision was the corresponding initiative put forward on October 1 by the deputy from Christen-Democratisch Appèl (CDA) Chris van Dam. And the deputies unanimously have voted for this proposal.
“Further investigation of the fact that the airspace over Ukraine had not been closed was unanimously approved,” – the latter said on his page on TW
Appeals on investigations into the role of Ukraine in the MH17 case are not new. They were produced by the CDA party and Socialistische Partij (SP) back in 2018. But today they have received the full support of all parties, including the ruling Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD) Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
In fact, such a decision may be considered the official position of the Netherlands, which seem to have expressed doubts in this way about the fault of the Russian Federation in the crash of the Boeing. And here events occurred three months ago jump to mind. We are talking about allegedly “secret” negotiations between Rutte and Putin (June 28 in Osaka).
Rutte then declined to give details of these talks: “there’s nothing I can say about it. The discussion should be confidential, including from the extreme delicacy of the topic. It is important to use every opportunity to talk with the Russian leadership on MH17”. Moreover, he also did not say how Putin responded. “I can only say what I say in this conversation. I can never say that, said my companion, because of confidentiality, but also because it would be wrong if I spoke on behalf of his interlocutor”.
A comment by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands appeared in Dutch in the morning of June 29, in English on July 1, and only on July 3 Russia learned about it.
The Russian president’s website has not provided any information about Putin’s meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister in Osaka, although it did provide information on many of his other meetings there.
One can only guess what Rutte and Putin have agreed at those “secret” talks.
And three months later, a decision was made to conduct an additional investigation, though alleged perpetrators of this terrible tragedy were already known. Coincidence? Maybe. But a very “strange” one.
Most likely, in the current situation, Moscow will make every effort to push through beneficial narratives, mitigating its guilt or even dismissing its guilty.
And it seems that the tactics of new hypotheses of the causes of this tragedy and the “rapprochement” of Russia and the “necessary participants” of the process related to MH17 is yielding. In May 2019, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad questioned Russia’s involvement in the crash of MH17 due to the lack of overwhelming evidence.
So the Netherlands then may come to the conclusion that the airspace should have been closed and Ukraine is again guilty. And who shot down? Who will be responsible for the lives of the dead? – This is another question, which is likely to remain open.