Russian BUK missile producer vows to prove EU sanctions over MH17 crash unfair

  
A BUK-M2/SA-17 Grizzly medium-range battlefield surface-to-air missile system (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)

A BUK-M2/SA-17 Grizzly medium-range battlefield surface-to-air missile system (RIA Novosti / Alexander Vilf)

 Russia’s air-defense systems manufacturer Almaz-Antey is to reveal on Tuesday the findings of its own investigation, which it says refutes data that led to the company being placed on the Western sanction lists over the Ukrainian crisis.

On May 22, Almaz-Antey filed an appeal at the European Court of Justice against European Union sanctions imposed on the company.

The restrictions against Almaz-Antey – as well as a number of other large Russian defense firms – were introduced shortly after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members.

The press conference, scheduled to take place on Tuesday in Moscow, is aimed at explaining the details of the appeal and backing it with evidence.

Almaz-Antey chief executive, Yan Novikov, is expected to release details of the report to the media, which proves the unjustified inclusion of the company on the EU sanction list.

“The inclusion of our company on the sanctions list is groundless. The EU has not presented any supporting evidence of our involvement in destabilizing the situation in Ukraine,” Novikov said earlier.

 

The Dutch investigators, looking into the MH17 tragedy, said the plane was shot down while flying over the conflict zone near Donetsk.

However, they haven’t yet established responsibility for the tragedy as pro-Kiev forces were fighting with rebels from the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine at the time.

The Ukrainian authorities and the West blame the Donetsk militias for downing the plane, saying they used a BUK surface-to-air missile provided by Russia.

The accusations are denied by the rebels, with Moscow repeatedly warning against blaming anyone before the investigation into the crash is completed.

BUK is among the systems produced by state-owned Almaz-Antey, which also manufactures S-300, S-400, S-500 and Topol systems.

Almaz-Antey was created in 2002, bringing together over 60 defense plants, design bureaus and research institutes from 17 Russian regions.

The company specializes in development and production of small, medium and long-range anti-aircraft missile systems, basic radar reconnaissance and automated control systems.

Watch the Almaz-Antey press conference live on RT.com at 9:00GMT on Tuesday.

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Russian Divers Begin Search for Black Boxes From AirAsia QZ8501

Russian rescuers unload gears from their Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft upon arrival to reinforce a search operation for the victims and the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 at Pangkalan Bun Airport, Indonesia

A group of Russian divers have started the search for the black boxes from the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea. The 17-member divers’ team is using the remote-controlled Folkon deepwater vehicle, designed to operate at depths of up to 1,000 meters (3280 feet).

MOSCOW, January 4 (Sputnik) — Russian divers have begun searching for the black boxes from the crashed AirAsia plane in the Java Sea, a spokesman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry said Sunday.

 

“At a request from the Indonesian side, a group of divers from the [Russian] detachment has been allocated and, under the leadership of the director of the fire and rescue activities department Alexander Agafonov, started searching for the Airbus’ flight data recorders,” Alexander Drobyshevsky said.The 17-member divers’ team is using the remote-controlled Folkon deepwater vehicle, designed to operate at depths of up to 1,000 meters (3280 feet).

More than 70 Russian rescuers are currently in Indonesia to assist in the search for AirAsia’s Airbus A320-200, which crashed into the Java Sea on December 28. Two Russian planes, an Il-76 airlifter and a Be-200 amphibious aircraft, are used in the search operation.

On Saturday, the Emergencies Ministry’s chief military expert Eduard Chizhikov stated that the main goal of the Russian team taking part in the AirAsia search is to find the plane’s black boxes.

Ukrainian Combat Jet Returned Without Missiles After MH17 Crash: Reports

Самолет украинской армии СУ-25

Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported, citing an airbase employee that Ukrainian air force Su-25 combat jet took off from an airbase in eastern Dnipropetrovsk carrying air-to-air missiles and returned without them on the day a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine.

 

MOSCOW, December 23 (Sputnik) – A Ukrainian air force Su-25 combat jet took off from an airbase in eastern Dnipropetrovsk carrying air-to-air missiles and returned without them on the day a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine in July, Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reported, citing an airbase employee.The employee, who claims to be an eyewitness, said on July 17 that three Ukrainian combat jets took off, and that one of them, an Su-25, was carrying air-to-air missiles.

“After a while only one jet [of the three] returned, which had had those missiles… It returned without the missiles. The pilot was very frightened,” the man said. The employee stressed that only the returned Su-25 had been equipped with air-to-air missiles, and said he was sure it was not air-to-ground missiles.

 

The airbase worker said he remembered the pilot saying “the wrong plane” and “the plane was in the wrong place at the wrong time” after he returned from the flight.

The newspaper interviewee did not exclude the possibility that an Su-25 pilot could confuse a Boeing passenger airliner with a military jet.

“This could be. There was quite a long distance, he could have failed to see what exactly that plane was,” the man said.

The missiles carried by the Su-25 (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) are capable of targeting an object at a 3-5-kilometer (1-3 mile) distance, and to an altitude of 7,000 meters (23,000 feet), the source stressed.

“With jet’s raised nose, it is not a problem to fix a target and launch a missile. The flying range of this missile is over 10 kilometers,” according to the man.

He further said that the missile is capable of hitting a plane fuselage, whether directly or from a distance of 500 meters.

The density of the objects which hit the MH17 was very high, and these findings did not exclude the downing of the plane by a missile.

“There is such a missile. It explodes and its shrapnel punctures [the plane]. And after that, the missile warhead strikes it,” the man said.

The MH17 passenger Boeing of Malaysian Airlines crashed on July 17 in the Donetsk region, as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board died.

The incident is being investigated by an international group headed by the Dutch Safety Board (DSB), its final report is expected to be released in 2015. According to the preliminary information of the DSB, the Boeing was hit by “a large number of high-energy objects” penetrating the aircraft from outside, but the source of the objects was not found.

Kiev has accused independence supporters in Ukraine’s southeast of shooting the plane down, but provided no evidence confirming the claim. The independence supporters say they do not have weapons which could down a plane flying at such a high altitude.

Russian expert: western secret services know truth about MH17

“However, it’s too disadvantageous for them to admit this version publicly because of political considerations,” – said Igor Korotchenko

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MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. German BND intelligence service’s statement that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down by a Ukrainian Buk air defense system proves graphically that Western intelligence milieu do not have any doubts today as to who stands behind the crime in reality, Igor Korotchenko, one of Russia’s top-rated defence experts said Monday.

“However, it’s too disadvantageous for them to admit this version publicly because of political considerations,” he said in an interview with Rossiya One television channel. “That’s why after recognizing it was a Ukrainian air defense missile that had destroyed the Malaysian Boeing 777 the BND makes a claim further that the Buk was ostensibly seized by the East-Ukrainian militiamen who then did the tragic launch.”

“However, one thing that’s important to note he is that a coalminer who has learned to operate a Kalashnikov gun somehow can’t be an officer in charge of targeting a system as technologically advanced as this one,” Korotchenko said.

“Cadets who are supposed to become officers operation the Buk complexes take a five-year training program at senior military colleges /Russian equivalents of Western superior military schools or universities – TASS/ and even with this academic background, they don’t get access to high-alert missions after they arrive /for full-time service/ on military bases,” he said.

“They first get supplementary training and do practical launches on training grounds and only after that they are capable of operating this air defense complex,” Korotchenko said.

“That’s why the main version of the tragedy that should be accepted is that MH17 was destroyed by a Buk unit of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” he said.

Malaysian Defense Minister Arrives in Moscow to Coordinate Investigation of MH17 Crash

A Malaysian air crash investigator inspects the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region in this July 22, 2014 file photo.

MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosti) – Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein arrived in Moscow, where on Wednesday he will hold a meeting to coordinate the investigation the crash of Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

“Just arrived in Moscow: another long day of back to back meetings tomorrow. I pray that all goes well,” Hussein said on Twitter. It remains unknown who the minister is going to meet in Moscow.

Earlier it was reported that after the visit to Russia, the defense minister will travel to the Netherlands.

On Tuesday, Hussein met with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Committee on the crash investigation Volodymyr Groysman. Following the meeting, the Malaysian official said Kuala Lumpur does not want to risk the safety of its experts by sending them to the MH17 crash site.

According to the statement, Hussein and Groysman also discussed the preliminary report on the investigation into the crash of the MH17 plane, released by the Dutch Safety Board earlier on Tuesday.

Flight MH17, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed on July 17 in the Donetsk region, killing all 298 people on board. The cause of the crash is still unclear. The Ukrainian government claims that independence supporters in the country’s eastern regions shot the plane down but it has not provided any evidence to support those claims. Local militia leaders insist that they do not have weapons capable of shooting the MH17 aircraft down.

 

 

Defense minister of Malaysia to visit Moscow to negotiate investigation into MH17 crash

After talks in Moscow the Malaysian defense minister will go to Amsterdam where he will also discuss a process of an investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing-777

Defense Minister of Malaysia Hishammuddin Hussein

Defense Minister of Malaysia Hishammuddin Hussein

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Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 crashed in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. 280 passengers and 15 crewmembers have died. Infographics by ITAR-TASS

SINGAPORE, September 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Defense Minister of Malaysia Hishammuddin Hussein is arriving in Moscow on September 10 to negotiate problems of an investigation into a crash of the Malaysian passenger plane on the territory of the Donetsk region on July 17, the News Straits Times newspaper in Monday’s issue.

After talks in Moscow the Malaysian defense minister will go to Amsterdam where he will also discuss a process of an investigation into the crash of the Malaysian Boeing-777.

On Monday morning the Malaysian defense minister is arriving in Kiev to make sure that the access to the crash site of the Malaysian plane is safe, the newspaper said.

On Sunday a group of Malaysian experts took a flight to Ukraine to continue collecting material evidence in the area where the plane crashed and search for the remains of the victims killed in the air disaster. It was not immediately known when the Malaysian experts would exactly arrive at the crash site.

Earlier, Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it was necessary to begin the work as soon as possible because in a few weeks’ time it might be snowing there already, which would considerably hinder search efforts.

The plane belonging tithe Malaysian Airlines company crashed in the Donetsk region when it was performing a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur. All the 298 people on board were killed.

 

 

 

Statements about Su-25s downed by Russian missile nonsense — Russian Defense Ministry

Fantasies of Kiev’s authorities, trying to divert public attention from the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash, were “worthy of being included in a Red Book of military aphorisms”

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Su-25 attack planes

Su-25 attack planes

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MOSCOW, July 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Fantasies of Kiev’s authorities, trying to divert public attention from the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash, were “worthy of being included in a Red Book of military aphorisms”, a Russian Defense Ministry official said on Thursday, commenting on the statement of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council’s spokesman Andrei Lysenko that two Ukrainian Su-25 planes, which fell near the village of Dmitrovka in the Donetsk region, were shot down by a missile fired from Russia’s territory.

 

“According to Lysenko, it turns out that the planes were not only shot down from Russia’s territory, which is nonsense, but even by one missile fired from an antiaircraft rocket system of a powerful operation type earlier unknown to science.”

“With such progress, the next sensation from the military professional and just colonel Lysenko will be development of the theme of hitting of two planes by one antiaircraft missile, one in the morning and the second in the evening,” the Russian Defense Ministry official said.