Protection in the case of MH17 believes that the APU could bring down a plane by accident

The Ukrainian military could shoot down Malaysian Boeing (flight MH17) in July 2014 in error, as it was with the Russian plane Tu-154 in 2001, said the Dutch lawyer of the defendant Oleg Pulatova Sabine ten Doeschate a court hearing in the Netherlands, who led the international investigation into the crash.

"Today we want to talk about the scenario under which the plane could be shot down by a Ukrainian SAM "Buk". Yesterday we talked about the other scenarios that this could be a military plane. It's true. But we don't know the answer to this question. Therefore, we also consider the scenario - whether it was a "Buk" and if he belonged to Ukraine", - said the lawyer at the hearings on Tuesday.

According to her, though, and the Dutch Prosecutor's office believes this scenario is impossible, it is obvious that the Ukrainian military had access to more weapons, including missiles 9M38 and 9M38M1.

"The question is, whether there was at Ukraine a motive or whether it was a mistake. The Ukrainian army could have done this by mistake, as it already happened in 2001 with the plane of airline "Siberia", which was flying over the Black sea", - said the lawyer.

Airliner Tu-154 of airline "Siberia", flying on the route tel Aviv—Novosibirsk, was inadvertently shot down over the Black sea by a missile launched 96th anti-aircraft missile brigade of the air defense of Ukraine during the exercise. Killed all on Board were 78 people — 66 passengers and 12 crew members.

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.