“Mean, low, unworthy”
The situation around the tragedy with the Boeing shot down over Ukraine brought the unfounded accusations from officials to a new level. Without an investigation and expertise, the Ukrainian authorities found ample evidence of the involvement of militias from the South-East in the incident. Moreover, Kiev claims that the Buk anti-aircraft missile system, from which the plane could have been shot down, was handed over to the militia by Russia, and after the tragedy the militia returned the complex back.
First history with the return of "Buk" stated on his page in the social network the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov. According to him, "the covert surveillance units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine today, July 18, at 4.50 am recorded a tractor with a loaded tracked missile system, moving in the direction through Krasnodon, towards the border with the Russian Federation." "Presumably, this is exactly the Buk missile system that fired yesterday at the Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur civilian plane," the minister wrote, adding that "the criminals are trying to hide the traces of this heinous crime."
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Francois Hollande, said that Kiev has satellite images of the missile launch site and weapons from Russia, interception of terrorists' telephone conversations and other irrefutable evidence. " Later, the United States Secretary of State John Kerry said that the air defense missile system used to destroy the passenger liner was delivered from Russia. "It's pretty clear that this is a system that was handed over from Russia to the hands of the separatists (as the militias are called in the West)," he said, adding that "in the last month, a large consignment of weapons came to Ukraine from Russia."
On Sunday, the American media disseminated information from US intelligence, which, without disclosing the details of the information received, said that Moscow had recently allegedly supplied the Ukrainian militias with modern air defense systems, and then transported them back to Russia.
Earlier on Saturday, the Ukrainian press began to distribute a video and comments that the footage of the Buki, which is being secretly transported from Ukraine to Russia. But experts drew attention to inconsistencies in this story. Victor Levanov, an employee of the Foundation for Open New Democracy, noted that in addition to the "Buk", a banner with the inscription "Autosalon on Dnepropetrovskaya, 34" was included in the frame.
He determined that the video depicts the city of Krasnoarmeysk, which has been under the control of the Ukrainian army since May, and, "accordingly, the militias cannot get there."
According to Ridus, Ukrainian media are distributing collages depicting two Buk installations. Signatures to them claim that the complexes were filmed while crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border.
The picture is a still frame from this video. It shows a Buk with tail number 312. However, the newspaper notes, the car with this number belongs to Ukraine, because it was "spotted" during the March rotation of Ukrainian troops near Horlivka.
If you look at the map with the route of the plane, then it flew just over this place, and then flew right in the direction where it later fell to the ground.
A video was posted on the Web with, presumably, two machines. But supposedly "Buks" are hidden under the awning, and it is impossible to determine the contents of the cargo for certain.
Ukrainian media began to publish this video as evidence of the transportation of the air defense missile system "back to Russia." However, in the freeze frame, you can see the name of the company nearby - Steel-snab. It is located in the city of Stary Oskol, near the station. Boiler. Kotel and Stary Oskol are very far from the crash site of Flight MH17, and the nearest major Ukrainian city is Kharkov, which is not occupied by militias.
Also, Russian experts called the audio recording of the negotiations of the Ukrainian militias, which allegedly discusses the destruction of the Malaysian Boeing, as a fake. “This sound recording is not an integral file, it is assembled from several fragments,” said Nikolay Popov, one of the most authoritative specialists in the field of sound and speech analysis, an expert of the Target Technologies company.
In particular, he drew attention to the fact that in the first of three fragments, in which the commander of the Gorlovka militia Igor Bezler discusses the downed plane, nothing is said about which plane it is. However, the name of the city of Yenakiyevo is clearly audible. As Bezler himself stated, this conversation did take place, but it was about a Ukrainian attack aircraft shot down the day before over this settlement.
The second fragment of the recording, consisting of three pieces, was presented as a single semantic text. However, the analysis of the spectrum and timestamps showed that the dialogue was cut and edited in the same way. The most revealing moment is short pauses: the file saved time stamps and markers, which indicate that this dialogue was pasted from different episodes.
Linguistic analysis also shows, Popov believes, that those who fabricated this recording clearly did not have enough material and time. Therefore, the meaning of the replicas hardly fits with each other, and the spectral picture of audio materials also differs. But, perhaps, the most revealing point is that with an elementary view of the properties of the audio recording, it turns out that the file was created almost a day before the disaster.
Another statement made the previous evening by the speaker of the NSDC information center, Andrei Lysenko, was revealing. He claimed that the militia used the credit cards of the victims of the disaster and collected personal valuables from the bodies of the victims.
Lysenko's statements caught the attention of Ukrainian journalist Anatoly Shariy. He decided to follow how the world media reacted to the official's words. Some wrote that "the militants pay with passengers' credit cards."
Later, the Association of Banks of the Netherlands took measures so that money could not be withdrawn from cards. As Shariy found out, after reading the press release on the Association's website, it was guided exclusively by media reports, and not by the fact that funds were debited from the cards. However, the media picked up on the Association's statement and began writing that Dutch banks had reported theft of credit cards.
“This is called the stuffing cycle. A simple example: I declare that Lysenko robbed the apartment of a pensioner. This is reported by the media. The Association for the Protection of the Rights of Pensioners learns from the media that Lysenko robbed a pensioner, and makes a statement that it is ready to cover all the expenses of the pensioner that Lysenko inflicted with his theft. After that, the media are already relaying the statement of this association. The average reader understands that the association will not make a statement just like that. So Lysenko is still unclean, ”Shariy explained.
As for Lysenko's words, the journalist emphasized that “you cannot make such statements without having facts in your hands”. “You cannot speculate with a tragedy. You cannot do such "stuffing" when hundreds of relatives do not find a place for themselves from grief. It's mean, it's low, it's unworthy, ”Shariy said, adding that the“ credit cards ”turned out to be debit cards.
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