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May 31, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

How to Find Historical Imagery of Russia’s Faked Satellite Photos

In Bellingcat’s latest report, Forensic Analysis of Satellite Images Released by the Russian Ministry of Defense, we exposed how Russia had falsely claimed satellite imagery from June 2014 was from July 14th and July 17th. As with nearly all of Bellingcat’s work we used open source information, satellite imagery from Google Earth, to expose the fake…

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February 17, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Bellingcat Report – Origin of Artillery Attacks on Ukrainian Military Positions in Eastern Ukraine Between 14 July 2014 and 8 August 2014

Ukrainian armed forces positioned near the Russian-Ukrainian border were attacked by artillery fire in the summer of 2014. Between 9 July and 5 September 2014, the Ukrainian Border Service and the National Security and Defense Council reported more than 120 artillery attacks from Russia. Russian officials, however, have denied the existence of any artillery attacks on Ukraine originating from its territory. The pressure of sustained artillery attacks through early August led Ukrainian armed forces to lose control of hundreds of kilometers of border territory. Google Earth satellite images of eastern Ukraine from July, August, and September 2014 have enabled the Bellingcat investigation team to find evidence of these artillery attacks, determine their origin, and compare them with local sources. After reviewing and analyzing these satellite images as well as videos from social media, local media reports, and the shifting maps of the ongoing conflict, the Bellingcat investigation team has determined that there is compelling evidence that artillery attacks on Ukrainian territory and against Ukrainian armed forces originated from the territory of Russia.

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February 3, 2015

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Bellingcat Launches the Ukraine Conflict Vehicle Tracking Project

Over the past few months, the Bellingcat team has been working on something slightly different from our previously published work. Now, we’re pleased to launch a crowdsourced effort to track the movements of military vehicles both inside and in the vicinity of Ukraine, primarily to determine if equipment has been transferred across the border from…

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January 20, 2015

By Eliot Higgins

Social Media and Conflict Zones: The New Evidence Base For Policymaking

Originally posted on King’s College London’s Policy Institute blog Policy Wonkers. In recent years, content shared via social media from conflict war zones has allowed us to gain a far deeper understanding of the on-the-ground realities of specific conflicts than previously possible. This presents a real opportunity for providing robust evidence which can underpin foreign and security…

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December 22, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Herkomst van de Buk van de separatisten: Een onderzoek van Bellingcat, nu beschikbaar in het Nederlands

Op 8 november bracht Bellingcat een rapport uit met daarin bewijs dat de Buk-lanceerinstallatie, die in verband wordt gebracht met het neerhalen van MH17 in Oekraïne, afkomstig was van het Russische leger en eind juni vertrokken was naar de Oekraïense grens. Met het onderzoeken van bewijs uit openbare bronnen was het Bellingcat MH17 onderzoeksteam erin geslaagd om de verplaatsingen van de Buk-lanceerinstallatie op 17 juli, in door separatisten gecontroleerd gebied, in kaart te brengen. Dit geldt ook voor de route van de Buk toen deze deel uitmaakte van een konvooi, dat in de periode 23 juni – 25 juni in Rusland was vetrokken van Koersk naar Millerovo, nabij de grens met Oekraïne.

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November 8, 2014

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Origin of the Separatists’ Buk: A Bellingcat Investigation

Summary This report analyses evidence from open sources, in particular social media, relating to the Buk missile launcher filmed and photographed in eastern Ukraine on July 17th that many have linked to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. While other open source information is available on other aspects of the downing of MH17, the…

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