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April 4, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Photographs of Ukrainian Buks Geolocated in Poltava Oblast, Nearly Three Years Later

On July 15, 2014, a chaplain for the Ukrainian Armed Forces named O. (short for “otets,” or “father”) Gredil Mykhailo uploaded a handful of photographs showing a Ukrainian Buk missile launcher in a field that appeared to function as a Ukrainian military camp. We can now say that this Buk missile launcher was not located in eastern…

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April 2, 2017

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Tankspotting: T-90As in the Donbass

The presence of Russian T-72B3 tanks in eastern Ukraine has previously been established and covered on Bellingcat. The tanks have reportedly been used near Ilovaisk, the Luhansk airport and even Debaltseve. The T-72B3 represents post-Soviet tank development by the Russian Federation, and was not exported to or fielded by Ukraine. Another post-Soviet development with its…

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March 30, 2017

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Donbas: A Ticking Toxic Time Bomb

Open-source tracking and monitoring of environmental health risks of targeting industrial sites Additional research and map making by Foeke Postma @FoekePostma As the fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russia-backed forces re-ignited at the end of January 2017, various news reports highlighted the shelling of industrial sites. Calls by the United Nations and Organisation for Security…

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March 25, 2017

By Christo Grozev

Balkan Gambit: Part 2. The Montenegro Zugzwang

In Part 1 of this investigation, Bellingcat and The Insider reported on Russia’s intervention in the parliamentary elections in Republika Srpska in October 2014. In Part 2, we investigate the evidence for a possible Russian involvement in the alleged attempted coup following the parliamentary elections in October 2016 in Montenegro. Montenegro, July 2016 On July 14…

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March 17, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Tanks of Buhaivka: A training facility in Eastern Ukraine

On March 16, 2017, popular Ukrainian Twitter user @GirkinGirkin published a tweet sharing imagery of armored vehicles, including tanks. The user claims that the photographs were uploaded on the same day near Buhaivka, Luhansk oblast, thus in an area currently not under the control of the Ukrainian government. After analyzing new satellite imagery from Digital…

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March 2, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Role of Sergey Dubinsky in the Downing of MH17

Following the publication of “Identifying Khmuryi, the Major General Linked to the Downing of MH17,” additional information has surfaced that further confirms the identity of Khmuryi as Sergey Nikolaevich Dubinsky, born August 9, 1962. The clearest confirmation of our investigation came courtesy of Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, who was photographed with Dubinsky on his Odnoklassniki profile….

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February 15, 2017

By Daniel Romein

Identifying Khmuryi, the Major General Linked to the Downing of MH17

This article was collaboratively researched and written by the Bellingcat  MH17 Investigation Team. On 18 July 2014, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published several tapped telephone conversations in relation to the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). Most of these conversations, recorded on the day of the downing, are between an…

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February 2, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Civilian Shields in Donetsk: Launching Grads near a Residential Area

This report was written in collaboration with the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT). The title of this report was modified following feedback regarding the term human shield. The use of Grads in this area of Donetsk endangers civilian lives, but is not intended to meet the legal definition of human shields. The legal term ‘endangering protected…

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