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Citizen journalists identify soldiers potentially suspected for downing MH17

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A UK-based online investigative team has stated in a report MH17 – Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade released this week that it has identified Russian soldiers who were likely involved in the shooting down of a Malaysian plane.

The UK-based investigation says it used open source data such as social media sites and forums, BBC reports.

In the report by citizen journalist group Bellingcat entitled MH17 – Potential Suspects and Witnesses from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, the team links personnel from the 2nd Battalion of the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade based in Russian city of Kursk to the tragedy in eastern Ukraine in 2014, naming soldiers only by their first names and initials, saying also that the 2nd Battalion commander was Dmitry T.

«Consistent with the probable conclusion that the Russian Buk missile launcher… downed MH17, the ministry of defence (of Russia) bears the main responsibility… shared with the military commanders and leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics», Bellingcat writes in the report.

A report by Dutch investigators stated in 2015 the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile.

The West and Ukraine insist pro-Russian rebels brought down Flight MH17, but Moscow blames Ukrainian forces.


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