By Andrei Illarionov
The information that flooded us over the last five days provides enough facts to come to the most likely conclusion in this situation: it was a planned terrorist attack. I will not mention the relevant numerous information sources with documents, calculations, publications in this article, as they are freely available to all that are interested.
Where was the Anti-aircraft guided missile system Buk-M1 located at the time that the surface-to-air missile (SAM) was launched?
In a field near the Berezhys settlement, close to Pervomaiske and Chervoniy Zhovten, South of Snizhne and South-East of Torez.
Who controlled the launch area and the Buk-M1 itself?
The so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) separatists.
At what time was the the BUK-M1 in combat position from which the SAM was launched?
From morning till evening of July 17th.
Who was the Buk-M1’s crew?
Russian citizens actually serving RF Internal Forces.
Under whose direct and indirect command was the Buk-M1?
Direct – the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces Southern Military District Headquaters in Rostov-on-Don.
Indirect – the General Headquarters of the Russian Armed Forces in Moscow.
Was the Buk-M1 ever transferred under DNR civilian or military command?
Where was the order to launch the SAM issued?
General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, Moscow.
Is it possible for the SAM to have been launched accidentally, leading to the MH17 catastrophe?
Taking in consideration technical specifications of launching SAMs (including the so-called illumination support of an already-launched missile), this is impossible.
Is it possible that the SAM was targeting a Ukrainian AN-24 (AN-26) military transport plane?
Due to different technical characteristics (sizes and airframe silhouettes, maximum altitude of flight of the AN-24 (AN-26) and Boeing-777, and taking into account their different flight routes, this is absolutely impossible.
Why the MH17?
On July 17, several dozens of passenger aircrafts (among them were the Munich-New Delhi Lufthansa flight 20 minutes before the strike and the Copenhagen-Singapore Singapore Airlines flight a minute prior) flew over the area where the Buk-M1 was situated. None of them but MH17 came to harm. Why had the MH17 been chosen?
It was of primary importance to exclude Russian aircrafts, airlines from the former USSR countries, USA airlines, German and French airlines, aircrafts of all the airlines coming from the Eastern and Southern directions. The victim aircraft had depart either from Warsaw (“the capital of the states at the front line” in the WW4 led by Russia) or Amsterdam (“the capital of sin” of the rotten West to which the deeply spiritual Putin’s Russia, rising from its knees, stands up against).
However, downing a Warsaw aircraft would unavoidably give a new impulse to accuse the Kremlin of systematic terrorist acts against the Poles. In addition, it wouldn’t be effective enough for the authors of this devilish plan. That’s why only the MH17 Amsterdam flight fit the criteria for being shot down on July 17. Since the MH17’s flight route usually runs more to the South, the Russian authorities had to close 12 air corridors to leave for the pilots the only possible route of L980, above the towns of Torez and Snizhne. This is where the qualified, highly prepared, and sober Russian crew of Buk-M1 was waiting for it, acting exclusively under the orders of their military leaders.
What is the gist of the Amsterdam Flight Plan?
The “Novorossiya” project, so solemnly announced on April 17, aiming to prevent Ukraine from integrating into Western economic, political, and military alliances, is on the verge of collapse. The possible consequences of its termination for the authors, initiators, and organizers have already been discussed repeatedly. The only way to save “Project Novorossiya” from its complete and final collapse is to stop military operations of Ukrainian army in Eastern Ukraine. By July 17th, the following attempts were made to do this:
- military resistance of the “separatists,” which at the beginning was relatively effective, and lately is being suppressed by the regular Ukrainian army growing stronger day by day;
- diplomatic pressure carried out by Merkel, Holland, and others, which turned out to be insufficient.
Thus, new, stronger means were called for. These means, according to their author’s plan, intend to send a shiver down the spine of the slumbersome European community, so that it would become horrified at the death of hundreds of its citizens, children included, and strictly demand from its governments to push in all possible ways at the leaders of the “Banderites and Ukrainian fascists,” and at any price force them to terminate military actions of Ukrainian army in Eastern Ukraine.
An armistice at any cost would allow Kremlin to keep stirring the conflict in Donbas by sending militants and weapons, at the same time institutionalizing and legitimizing the huge Ukrainian “Transnistria.” After the initial armistice, mechanisms for prolonging it for 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 years should be initiated. These mechanisms, well-proven by Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia, would allow to prevent Ukraine from integrating into Western unions by preserving its Donetsk and Luhansk separatist ulcers.
After the successful resolution of Operation Amsterdam Flight, Operation Peacekeeper was begun.
After receiving confirmation of a successful terrorist act, the main author of the Operation Peacekeeper connected with the US President Obama and informed him about the tragedy. He “reiterated the need for an immediate unconditional cessation of hostilities by both sides in the southeast of Ukraine, which has already led to numerous casualties and has forced hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians to seek refuge in Russia. He stressed the inadmissibility of opening fire at Russia’s territory by the Ukrainian army, which led to casualties among Russian citizens. The President of Russia briefed his American counterpart on the measures taken by Russia to resume consultations by the contact group with the participation of representatives from southeast Ukraine. Hope was expressed that the American side will also contribute to the start of peace talks in Ukraine.”
The following day all the actions of the author (telephone talks with leaders of other countries, public speeches, and minutes of silence) without exception were directed at achieving a ceasefire with the Ukrainian side. As if by command, a campaign of petitions and protests demanding to “immediately stop the violence in Ukraine” rolls over Europe and the US.
They partly succeeded: Petro Poroshenko has already announced ceasefire in the radius of 40 km from the MH17 crash site.
The role of “separatists” in Operation Amsterdam Flight
- The Kremlin framed them as the main suspects.
- The MH17 wasn’t downed by “Chernukhin’s Kazaks” (40 km from the place of the incident, making it physically impossible).
- The “Bezler report” was passed in such a way so that SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) intercepted it and presented it to the world, steering the search for the culprits into the separatist direction.
- Bezler himself was obviously shocked when it was revealed that the destroyed aircraft was a passenger plane, as opposed to the icy cold calm of his Moscow curator (which proves that Bezler didn’t take part in operation and only reported).
- The way the “separatists” handled the bodies of the dead and the aircraft pieces (despite Moscow’s hand in directing them) only enforce this impression.
- Materials in social networks on behalf of Hirkin were posted, aiming to attract attention to the “separatists’” authorship of the terrorist act.
- The “It’s not Putin!” propaganda campaign launched by the Kremlin.
- Prominent propaganda forces joined this campaign. Even some representatives of the intellectual opposition fell for it, spreading the “guilty separatist/monkey with a grenade” version, so convenient for the Kremlin. Meanwhile this version is ungrounded, as the “separatists” never had neither the means, nor possibilities for implementing such a terrorist act.
A third force
“It’s not the Georgians. Neither the separatists. It’s a third force,” the OSCE observer officer told me about those responsible for the terrorist acts in South Ossetia during the summer of 2008, indicating at a map of Russia. They resulted in a heated phase of the Russian-Georgian war during August of the same year.[hr]Translated by Alla Demura, edited by Alya Shandra