Russian has a new theory about what downed that airliner over Ukraine
The Russian company that makes Buk air defense systems conceded that a Buk missile was responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 on July 17, 2014.
However, in a news conference, the adviser to the director general of the Almaz-Antei military consortium responsible for Buk systems claimed that the missile that downed MH17 was of an older variety that was no longer operated by Russia.
Instead, the damage done to MH17 by the missile bore resemblance to a previous model of warhead that is still in Ukrainian military arsenals, Almaz-Antei director Yan Novikov said. An advisor to the director general of the company also noted that the Buk missile that downed the plane was, according to the company’s analysis, fired from Ukrainian government controlled territory.
The firm is claiming that the missile was launched from the Zaroshchenske region of Ukraine. Ukraine claims that the region was controlled by separatists at the time, while Moscow insists that the town was under Ukrainian military control.
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