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February 14, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Bellingcat Launches Monitoring the Ukrainian Ceasefire with Silk and Checkdesk

Following the success of our Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project Bellingcat is now starting a new project to monitor the Ukrainian ceasefire that comes into effect at midnight local time. As with the earlier project, Bellingcat will be using Checkdesk to crowdsource reports of ceasefire violations, and to also attempt to verify those reports. Once reports are…

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February 13, 2015

By Aric Toler

As Eastern Ukraine Heads Towards the Ceasefire, Russian Armour Heads Towards Ukraine

With the start of the Minsk ceasefire less than 48 hours away, a column of 38 BTR-80 armored personnel carriers (APC) was observed traveling north along the M18/E105 highway in Crimea on February 13, 2015. Their destination, as far as the videos show, is to Dzhankoi, a city lying just a 40km drive from the Ukrainian border. Russian military exercises for…

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January 27, 2015

By Daniel Romein

Is this the Launch Site of the Missile that Shot Down Flight MH17? A Look at the Claims and Evidence

In a previous investigation related to the 17 July 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in eastern Ukraine, the Bellingcat investigation team provided the origin and movements of a Buk M1 missile launcher filmed and photographed that same day that travelled from Donetsk past Zuhres, through Torez and Snizhne. Before reaching Snizhne, the…

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January 23, 2015

By Jett Goldsmith

Were Chemical Weapons Used in Donetsk Airport’s Last Stand?

By Jett Goldsmith Donetsk International Airport in Donetsk, Ukraine, served over 1.1 million passengers in 2013 before it was seized by Russian-backed rebels aligned with the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in May of 2014. Large outbursts of conflict followed in the coming months, with Ukrainian forces conducting air raids, and both the Ukrainian army and the…

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January 19, 2015

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

How Did American Weapons End Up at Donetsk Airport?

On January 15th, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported claims by Donetsk People’s Repulic’s (DNR) PM Aleksandr Zakharchenko that American weapons were found from areas of the airport previously occupied by Ukrainian forces. It was specifically claimed that the types of weapons included M-16 assault rifles, machine guns, Browning pistols as well as types of…

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January 18, 2015

By Aric Toler

Unpicking the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Tangled Volnovakha Bus Massacre Narrative

At approximately 2:25pm (Kyiv time), a passenger bus near a Ukraine government-controlled checkpoint to the northeast of Volnovakha, Ukraine was attacked, leaving  12 dead and 13 wounded. Soon after, the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist forces blamed each other for this attack: Ukraine accused separatists of firing a Grad rocket from a nearby village towards…

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January 17, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

New Images of the MH17 Buk Missile Launcher in Ukraine and Russia

Following the Bellingcat report Origin of the Separatists’ Buk, which showed that the Buk missile launcher linked to the downing of MH17 was filmed inside Russia a few weeks earlier, the Bellingcat investigation team has continued to search for additional information, and has recently discovered two more images of the Buk missile launcher linked to the downing of…

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January 13, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Russian Radars Started Active Combat Duty in 2014

Last month Major-General Oleg Maidanovich, the commander of Russia’s Space Command announced that four early warning radars began active combat duty in 2014. The long range Voronezh class radars located at Yeniseysk, Barnaul, Irkutsk and Kaliningrad are currently in a mixed state of full active and experimental combat duty. The two variants, the Voronezh-DM and…

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January 10, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

SU-25, MH17 and the Problems with Keeping a Story Straight

While the investigations in to the downing of MH17 continue there’s been much debate about who was responsible, and the weapon system used to down MH17. These theories can be generally split into two broad groups, one where a Buk surface to air missile system was used to shoot down MH17, the other where a Ukrainian military jet, usually specified as a SU-25, shot down MH17.

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