Key Piece of Video “Evidence” for Russian Responsibility for Malaysian Plane Shootdown Debunked

Video of Rebel Buk Launchers Headed Back to Russia? No – Images From Ukraine-Held Territory Since May

Mish is a highly-respected financial blogger. His Global Economic Analysis site routinely wins awards such as:

One of Mish’s trademarks is to speak with knowledgeable people in various subject areas, and report on what they said.

Today, Mish debunked one of the main pieces of video “evidence” claimed by the mainstream media to prove that Russia was behind the shootdown of the Malaysian plane over Ukraine:

Jacob Dreizin, a US citizen who speaks Russian and reads Ukrainian provided this update three hours ago.

Hello Mish,

On Friday, the Daily Mail, one of the major UK tabloids carried photos and video of what was alleged to be a rebel “Buk” launcher heading back to Russia. The article carried a claim from some Ukrainian source that the launcher was missing several missiles after having shot them at the Malaysian 777. The article was prominently linked to the Drudge Report, and so was probably viewed by several million people.

Today, this meme made it into Uncle Sam’s official narrative, as per the following New York Times excerpt:

On the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Mr. Kerry referred to a video that the Ukrainians have made public showing an SA-11 unit heading back to Russia after the downing of the plane with “a missing missile or so.”

The video referenced by the New York Times was, in fact, posted on the Facebook account of the Ukrainian Interior Minister. The allegation was that the launcher was crossing the border with Russia.

However, going by the billboard and other features of the scenery, Russian bloggers and news sources claim to have identified the road in the video as having been taken in or near the town of Krasnoarmeisk (“Krasnoarmiysk” in Ukrainian), which has been under Kiev’s control since May.

In fact, the billboard is supposedly advertising a Krasnoarmeisk car dealership. Also, one of the structures in the background is said to be a construction materials store on Gorkii Street, Krasnoarmeisk.

Please note that this town is (very roughly) 120 kilometers from the Russian border and 80 kilometers from where the Malaysian 777 went down. And again, it has been under Kiev’s control since May.

At least one other clip of the “Russian Buk” that has been made available also suggests that the Ukrainians are showing their own equipment. I’m still working on researching that one for you.


Video in Question

It is beyond incredibly sloppy for Ukraine to release such a video with a clear billboard of something in Ukraine-held territory, purportedly showing a Buk missile launcher headed back to Russia.

And we are supposed to believe Kiev? Kerry?

Please be serious. If you are really interested in the truth, you do not resort to such easily disproved and sloppy bullsheet.

This is – of course – not the first piece of video “evidence” trumpeted by the MSM which has been debunked.

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  • cettel

    Terrific news reporting by Mish Shedlock (one of the best of all financial reporters), and terrific pick-up by George Washington, who, as usual, is among the first to come through with the highest qualitynews reporting about a key public issue. Thanks again, George.

  • truthtime

    Ah, doesn’t it feel amazing to feel vindicated that we were right about all these ongoing propaganda games?

    I doubt I’ll be able to sway the opinions of Russia bashers on other sites though.

    Although it was great when the U.S. media was totally embarassed, pants pulled down, when their little game over the images of the russian bearded soldier became quite clear. Along with the proven propaganda that Eastern Ukrainians were handing out pamphlets about with jewish racism written on it.

    Every time, truth seekers have been proven CORRECT.

    • truthtime

      Unable to edit.

      *Along with the proven to be propaganda that Eastern Ukrainians were handing out pamphlets with jewish racism written on it, and it turned out Eastern Ukrainians had handed out no such pamphlets.

  • Nick Heywood

    I have a ton of questions. But one of the most important from any investigations standpoint? Who has the most to gain by dragging the rest of the world into this conflict? Russia, Which is trying to build alliances and trading arrangments amongst Cina, India, Brazil and South Africa. Alternative international banking systems and communication systems outside USA or Western influence. Or, Ukraine. Pitted against one of the strongest military’s on the planet, and no hope of a military victory. Choose! Enquiry starts from answering these questions and a line of enquiry most likely to bare fruit can be persued. Simple really!?!? no?

    • tubaltcain

      Israel !

  • jannerbob

    It was only a few months back that the Ukrainian authorities released photographic evidence of Russian troops in Ukraine.The media parroted the information, John Kerry cited the evidence and it turned out to be nonsense. Photographs stolen from Maxim Dondyuk’s Instagram account were actually taken In Ukraine and not Russia as was claimed.The Ukrainian propagandists produce such low quality, feeble minded propaganda that it appears they are having a laugh about it.Every single Ukrainian claim about this incident is worthless.It is sad that every person I know have bought into it, looks like humanity is truly screwed.

  • Don’t they know that in any competent jurisdiction where a trial takes place there will be competent cross-exam of witnesses as Jacob Dreizin and Mish have done?

    And by competent lawyers?

  • Zdeněk Bříza

    • Andyj

      Nice find! All the numbers are visible. Including the accused BUK 312. Every single one of these are Ukrainian assets.

  • Oksana Delgado

    1. Such big boards could be anywhere

    2. If you check the video you will see the wires of a street car. Krasnoarmeisk does not have street cars. Krasnodon, where Ukraine claims video was made, does have street cars.