December 7 , 2017 – FRN –
In the summer of 2014, world media reported that Russia had shot down a civilian plane in the Donbass, although Kiev knew all along that the Boeing was struck by a Ukrainian missile.
This was stated in an interview with the Zvezda TV channel, by the ex-Major of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Yuriy Baturin, who served as the commander of the A-1215 military unit of anti-aircraft missile forces near Kharkov, when MH17 was shot down.
On the day of the disaster, he was carrying out his duties and personally watched the course of the aircraft on the indicator systems.
He said that the military, just like civilian controllers, watch all the aircraft that are in the air. The ex-major of the Ukrainian forces stressed that the Boeing in question did not at first attract any attention of the dispatchers for the simple reason that the flight zone was not closed at that time.
“Everyone flew there: civilian, military – absolutely without any restrictions. But the fact that the Boeing somehow miraculously changed the route of its flight in coordination with civil controllers, this fact, yes, indeed took place. And I, like any person who had the opportunity to look at the indicator system, watched it do so personally,” he admitted.
“The moment that my attention was drawn to the Boeing was exactly the moment when the plane disappeared from the indicators. There was a plane one moment – and then there wasn’t a plane. This of course attracted my attention,” Baturin emphasized.
Then he spoke about what really took place.
“We appear to have shot down a Boeing – everyone was talking, discussing it. Then, a column of soldiers was due to arrive in my area. I got the order that I would have a column of contractors stopping there. Well, ok. I went there, did my job. The contractors – they were like this [knocks on a wooden table, meaning they were not very bright]. I went and talked with them in the evening, something along the lines of:
– Guys, where were you, what did you see, what did you hear?
– We transported a BUK!
– Where did you transport it?
– Over there!
– Oh, interesting.
It was then that everything became clear. That’s when everything fell into place. It was then that it became embarrassing, painful, hard.
It was then that I made the decision to quit my job and move.
Mass media around the world at almost the same time, claimed that Russia had shot down a civilian plane – while at the same time I’m hosting a column that had just completed a re-positioning of the BUK system. You can’t not draw a conclusion.
I stand by every word that I am saying today.” said Baturin.
A question remains – who led the aircraft via the dispatchers to the zone of assured impact?