Remember the news report about the missing Malaysian Airline? That was flight MH370, the wreckage has been found and if you’re curious click here. Anyhow let’s revert our attention to Flight number 17. Flight 17 took off from Amsterdam Airport and was on its way to Kuala Lumpur International Airport until it was shot down the summer of 2014 on July 17th. The airlines crash resulted in the death of everyone on board which had 298 passengers on board, 80 of which were children and 15 crew members. Tjibbe Joustra, chairman of the Dutch Safety Board (DSB), said that the 15 month long investigation concluded with findings of Russian-Made warhead shrapnel within the planes wreckage.
“Flight MH17 crashed as a result of the detonation of a warhead outside the airplane above the left-hand side of the cockpit,” – Tjibbe Joustra
The Dutch Safety Board also concluded that the Russian Made missile was known as the “Buk Missile” and was said to be fired from Rebel-held Eastern Ukraine. The Buk systems production corporation: Almaz-Anteys director Yan Novikov explained how the missiles were indeed Russian made, but were not used by Russians since 2011. He also went on how the missile was fired from a region known as Snizhne which is rebel territory which is also neighboring Zaroschenskoe which is under Ukrainian military control. The conclusion brought by Novikov was that the airline was indeed shot down by Ukrainians and not by the Russians. Robert Latiff, a US Air Force Major General, who is now a professor at the University of Notre Dame said that those who launched the missile had lacked the required training to operate such a missile system. He claimed that the Russian soldiers would’ve been too disciplined and professional to fail at checking the aircrafts code to ensure that it was indeed a commercial flight and not one of military affiliation. Why didn’t Ukraine close its civil airspace? Apparently over 160 flights took place over Ukraine before the initial crash and closure of airspace. Ukrainian Prime Minister claimed that the Ukrainian government had no idea that anti-aircraft weapons were being used in the area.
Investigators claimed that the passengers most likely were unable to comprehend what was happening due to the airline being split in half and the lack of oxygen at such a high altitude. This surely was a tragic event in the international scope as investigators said that 80 of the passengers were from Amsterdam. What are your thoughts on Russia’s initial response to the claim that the specific weapons system was operated by Ukrainians? How about the consequences that Ukraine might or might not face? Do you think Russia was deeply involved and justified the blame on Ukraine to divert attention?
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