by Seamus Kelleher
Member, Group for Tomorrow’s Ukraine
While the world tries to piece together the truth surrounding Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, one thing is for certain: Russia is working vigorously to deny any involvement in shooting down the plane and they’re doing so through their tightly controlled network of Kremlin-funded media outlets.
Despite new U.S. intelligence supporting the notion that there’s blood on Russia’s hands, it appears the plan remains the same: deny, deny, deny. Julie Davis of The Examiner took notice and put the following images together to highlight numerous times Russian media lied about Flight MH17.
1) Ukrainian Military Was Aiming At Putin’s Plane
RT, repeat offenders in this campaign of misinformation, presented perhaps the most ridiculous of theories for the downing of the passenger jet.
According to an unnamed source, the missiles that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 likely came from Ukrainian soldiers under the mistaken impression that it was Vladimir Putin’s personal jet. Their source told them, “the contours of the aircraft have generally similar linear dimensions and, at a sufficient distance, the jet appears to have almost identical coloring.”
2) We Didn’t Do It, They Did
After it was revealed that the terrorists had shot down a passenger jet and not an AN-26 as they initially boasted about, their leader Igor Girkin (Russian) tried to refute his own earlier statements with a fabricated, broken Ukrainian message that Girkin claims was broadcast by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
It seems to be written by someone who doesn’t speak Ukrainian (Girkin is a Russian national). The message included numerous grammar mistakes and misspellings, with President Poroshenko allegedly admitting the Ukrainian military’s involvement in shooting down “the terrorist plane.” Tough to believe that one, as the Ukrainian military has not yet fired a missile in this conflict and the rebel forces don’t have planes.
3) We Don’t Have The Right Equipment For That
Girkin’s had to work hard to maintain his innocence after a series of incriminating Vkontakte posts.
On July 17th, Girkin claimed that the terrorists did not have the sophisticated equipment capable of reaching an aircraft at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters. Just one day earlier, though, Girkin bragged on social media about successfully shooting down a Ukrainian military plane at an altitude of 6,000 meters.