Two videos have surfaced in recent days claiming to show the Buk surface-to-air missile defense system that was used to shoot down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 last week.
The first video is dash cam footage from a Russian blogger. The blogger says he was crossing the Ukraine-Russia border when he ended up behind a military truck transporting what looks to be a covered Buk missile system.
Ukrainian officials obtained the footage and captioned it with, “A Russian blogger filmed the BUK in Russia, the one that shot the Boeing.”
Here’s the footage:
That video was released just hours after the following one, which was released by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. This video shows another truck transporting a Buk missile defense system while heading for the Russian border. Two missiles are missing from the system.
It appears that the same truck from this video was spotted in Torez, Ukraine just hours before flight MH17 was shot down last week. The truck was carrying the Buk system then as well. Here’s a picture:
Ukrainian officials and Russian separatists continue to accuse one another of downing the plane. The international community seems unified, for the most part, in their belief that the separatists are to blame for the attack. The key question being asked now is how involved -- whether implicitly or explicitly -- the Russian government was in the attack.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that it’s “pretty clear” the Buk system was given to separatists by Russia.
“We picked up the imagery of this launch. We know the trajectory,” Kerry said. “It's pretty clear that this is a system that was transferred from Russia in the hands of separatists. We know with confidence, with confidence that the Ukrainians did not have such a system anywhere near the vicinity at that point in time. So it obviously points a very clear finger at the separatists.”
A Ukrainian defense source told the Mirror that officials believe the seperatists meant to shoot down a Ukrainian military supplies plane but accidentally shot down the Boeing instead.
“Today our military transport aircraft provided supply to blocked troops near the border with Russia,” the source said. “Obviously, Russian air defense troops tried to destroy our aircraft, but there was an error of operator-gunner, and a civilian plane was hit. Ukraine will present evidence of the destruction.”