Well, it’s official: MH17 was shot down by a Russian missile.

Guess what couldĀ happen to Russia over this. Go ahead. Guess.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed [in Ukraine] last year after it was hit by a Russian-made Buk surface to air missile, an air safety investigation has found, which killed the pilots immediately but may have left passengers alive for up to a full minute and a half.

A report by the Dutch Safety Board, released on Tuesday in the Netherlands, found that a Russian-made Buk missile exploded just a few metres above and to the left of the plane’s cockpit.

Yup: nothing. The Russians will dutifully claim that it wasn’t one of their Ukrainian rebel groups that shot down the plane; and it’s not like anybody’s going to call them on that, these days. Well, until January 2017, of course.

Moe Lane

PS: I do not like Vladimir Putin. His friends are not my friends; and if his enemies are my enemies, it is by the merest accident. We are not on the same side in any meaningful sense.

7 thoughts on “Well, it’s official: MH17 was shot down by a Russian missile.”

  1. I am reminded of Iranian Air Flight 655. Not making excuses for the shooting down of MH17, but any aircraft flying over a “zone of conflict” or entering “restricted airspace” is taking a chance.

    I do agree that nothing will happen to Russia because of this — even after January, 2017. They have “plausible deniability” in “Ukrainian Rebels”.

    1. I doubt anything official will happen.
      That’s not the same as “nothing” .. but how measurable the difference is will depend on which family moves into that D.C. government housing project on Pennsylvania ..

  2. From the article:

    “However the investigators did not directly confront another Russian theory: that the missile was fired by the Ukrainian army, rather than by Russian-backed separatists…”

      1. “Computer simulations backed up this theory, and it was also corroborated by millisecond analysis of the cockpit voice recorder.”
        Computer simulations also back up global warming for the same reason.

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