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Category: UK & Europe

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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January 3, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Did Scotland Yard Cover-Up Beckham Kidnap Evidence So The Fake Sheikh Could Be Their Star Witness?

The gun supplier of Mazher Mahmood’s failed Victoria Beckham kidnap plot was NEVER contacted by Scotland Yard investigating Mahmood in Operation Canopus in 2005 – despite the five defendants spending up to eight months on remand before being released after the case collapsed when it was discovered News of the World had paid the key…

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January 3, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Did Russia Send a New Batch of Military Vehicles to Separatists Controlled Ukraine?

On December 31st 2014 the following video was shared on various social media sites, showing what was claimed to be Russian military units inside Ukraine. Of particular interest were BPM-97 mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles that feature briefly in the video. These Russian vehicles are not used by the Ukrainian military, and their presence inside Ukraine would…

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