On September 8th Bellingcat revealed images and videos posted on social media sites that showed a Buk missile launcher inside Russia with markings that matched those markings seen on the Buk missile launcher linked to the downing of flight MH17 on July 17th.
Part of the investigation involved reviewing footage and photographs of Buk missile launchers sighted in both Ukraine and Russia looking for any other Buk missile launchers that may have had similar markings. During this research we were unable to find markings that matched the Buk seen in both Ukraine and Russia that was linked to the downing of MH17. It also showed that the inconsistent nature of markings on Russian Buks would suggest that the markings were likely to be unique to that Buk.However, in the interest of thoroughness and openness, we are now creating a crowdsourced investigation of Russian and Ukrainian Buks using Meedan’s Checkdesk. Bellingcat readers are invited to help find images of Buks in Ukraine and Russia so we can have the best idea of what markings are visible on Buk missiles launchers used by both countries, and find other potential matches to the Buk linked to the downing of MH17.
Here’s a couple of examples of what we’re looking at
We invite Bellingcat readers to contribute to the investigation by visiting Bellingcat’s Checkdesk, and contributing links to images of Buk missile launchers in Ukraine and Russia, or to comment below.
This is a great opportunity to use crowdsourced investigation to verify claims made by Bellingcat that the Buk missile launcher that was used to down MH17 came from Russia, so we hope you all join us on this investigation.