Protection in the case of MH17 prompts to investigate radar data

Protection accused on the case of the crash of flight MH17 in the East of Ukraine Oleg Pulatova will request the continuation of the investigation of radar data to establish whether the fighter or the missile close to the passenger plane the day of the tragedy, said the Dutch lawyer Sabine ten Doeschate at the court hearing on Monday.

"We request the radar data from radar Kramatorsk, Drill, Chalk, Chuguev, and if they are unavailable, we will request the court to order the Prosecutor to continue the investigation on this radar data.... The result of this investigation will help to establish the information concerning whether the fighter or missile in the vicinity of flight MH17," - said the lawyer.

She also said that the defense intends to question the Ukrainian engineers maintenance to see what the radar was turned off the day of the tragedy and whether it's necessary.

"We would like to compare them with other statements made on this subject, and to learn what the basis for their testimony," explained ten Doeschate.

At court hearings in the Netherlands on 9 June, the Prosecutor Thijs Berger said that Kiev did not provide raw data from radar in the case of the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing. According to him, Ukraine explained to the Dutch safety Board that there were no primary radar data, as the radar at this point has not worked. Berger reported that all experts and specialists agree that the radar data do not confirm the detection of a fighter or missile at the time of the crash.

The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 has begun in the Netherlands March 9, 2020. On it are four defendants - Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko. Pulatova on the court represents an international group consisting of two Dutch and one Russian lawyer. The other suspects tried in absentia.

Malaysian Boeing flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur flight MH17, crashed on July 17, 2014 under Donetsk. On Board were 298 people, they all died. Kiev has blamed the disaster militias, those announced that did not have the means that would shoot down aircraft at this altitude.

A joint investigation group (SSG) under the leadership of the Prosecutor General of the Netherlands without the participation of Russia are investigating the circumstances of the crash, had earlier presented the interim results. The investigation claims that Boeing was shot down by anti-aircraft missile complex "Buk", belonging to the 53rd antiaircraft missile brigade of the armed forces of the Kursk.

As stated by RIA Novosti Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Nikolai Vinnichenko, the Russian side handed over to the Netherlands not only the data of the Russian radars, but also documentation showing that the missile SAM "Buk" that struck the Boeing belonged to Ukraine, and she was fired from the territory controlled by Kiev, but this information, the investigators ignored. In the first hearing, the prosecution acknowledged that it has received and is studying the data of the Russian Prosecutor's office.

The Russian foreign Ministry said that the accusations of SSG in the Russian involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing unfounded and regrettable, the investigation is biased and one-sided. President Vladimir Putin noted that Russia does not allow for the investigation of the crash of the airliner in Eastern Ukraine, and Moscow may recognize the results of the investigation, if it is to be meaningful. All rocket motor which showed the Dutch Commission for the investigation of the crash MH17, was disposed of after 2011, said the Ministry of defense of Russia. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov has repeatedly stated that Moscow categorically rejects allegations of involvement in the collapse of the Malaysian Boeing.