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Proletarian issue 61 (August 2014)
Malaysian airline disaster: what the evidence shows
On 17 July, Bristol Ukraine Anti-Fascist Solidarity published on its website the following response to the Malaysian airline disaster:


The tragic loss has been reported of a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 285 people flying over the east of Ukraine. Though it has yet to be established even whether the crash was an accident or the result of an attack, the media are already manipulating the tragedy to suit the propaganda requirements of imperialism.

The fascist junta in Kiev, without pausing for breath or advancing a shred of evidence, has accused both Russia and the self-defence militias of bringing the plane down – charges which have been repudiated by both parties. A spokesman for the self-defence militias has pointed out that, with the weapons at their disposal, they cannot shoot anything higher than 3,000 metres. The stricken plane was reportedly flying at 10,000 metres, over three times that altitude. The spokesman went on to point the finger at the Kiev junta.

Murderous attacks continue to be launched by Kiev against the besieged population of south and east Ukraine, with frequent military air transports replenishing the crackdown with fresh stormtroopers and war materiel. A number of these [low-flying] warplanes have been successfully downed by the militias. The resistance has nothing whatever to gain by attacking a civilian aircraft.

It is imperialism, and the local fascist stooges of imperialism, which have trampled on democracy and turned Ukraine into a war zone, not the embattled citizens of the south and east. It is those same agencies which continue to indiscriminately bomb and shell ‘their own people’, thereby compromising the safety of anyone passing through or over the territory. It is imperialism, and the dogs of war unleashed by imperialism, that must be held to account for all the innocent lives that are being wasted, not least those of the airline passengers.

The war propagandists will make cynical use of this tragedy to demonise the anti-fascist resistance and undermine solidarity with the resistance struggle. Now of all times is the moment to redouble our support for Donetsk and Lugansk.

Solidarity with the anti-fascist resistance! People of Lugansk and people of Donetsk, we are with you! Down with the imperialist media!



It is worth noting that holes straight away started to be blow in the western media’s version of events. As we go to press, a German aviation expert has examined the pictures of plane fragments available online and asserted his strong belief that the plane was shot down by the two Ukrainian fighter jets known to have been in the skies at the same time as the Malaysian aircraft.



First, I was amazed at how few photos can be found from the wreckage with Google. All are in low resolution, except one: the fragment of the cockpit below the window on the pilot’s side. This image, however, is shocking. In Washington, you can now hear views expressed of a “potentially tragic error/accident” regarding MH17. Given this particular cockpit image, it does not surprise me at all.

The facts speak clear and loud and are beyond the realm of speculation: the cockpit shows traces of shelling! You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is bent inwards. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, showing the entry points most likely that of a 30mm-calibre projectile.

The edge of the other, the larger and slightly frayed exit holes showing shreds of metal pointing produced by the same calibre projectiles. Moreover, it is evident that at these exit holes of the outer layer of the double-aluminium reinforced structure are shredded or bent – outwardly! Furthermore, minor cuts can be seen, all bent outward, which indicate that shrapnel had forcefully exited through the outer skin from the inside of the cockpit. The open rivets are also bent outward.

In sifting through the available images one thing stands out: all wreckage of the sections behind the cockpit are largely intact, except for the fact that only fragments of the aircraft remained. Only the cockpit part shows these peculiar marks of destruction. This leaves the examiner with an important clue. This aircraft was not hit by a missile in the central portion. The destruction is limited to the cockpit area ...

So what could have happened? Russia recently published radar recordings that confirm at least one Ukrainian SU25 in close proximity to MH17. This corresponds with the statement of the now missing Spanish controller ‘Carlos’, who had seen two Ukrainian fighter aircraft in the immediate vicinity of MH17.

If we now consider the armament of a typical SU25 we learn this: it is equipped with a double-barrelled 30mm gun, type GSh-302 / AO-17A, equipped with a 250-round magazine of anti-tank incendiary shells and splinter-explosive shells (dum-dum), arranged in alternating order.

The cockpit of the MH17 has evidently been fired at from both sides: the entry and exit holes are found on the same fragment of its cockpit segment! ...

If you listen to the voices from Washington now who speak of a “potentially tragic error / accident”, all that remains is the question of what might have been the nature of this ‘mistake’ perpetrated here. I am not given to hover long in the realm of speculation, but would like to invite others to consider the following: The MH17 looked similar in its tricolor design to that that of the Russian President’s plane. The plane with President Putin on board was at the same time ‘near’ Malaysia MH17. In aviation circles, ‘close’ would be considered to be anywhere between 150 to 200 miles. Also, in this context we might consider the deposition of Ms Tymoshenko, who wanted to shoot President Putin with a Kalashnikov.

But that this remains pure speculation. The shelling of the cockpit of air Malaysia MH17, however, is definitely not speculation.

(Original article by Peter Hasienko printed in German by anderweltonline.com, 26 July 2014. Translated and reproduced as ‘Revelations of German pilot: shocking analysis of the “shooting down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft was not hit by a missile”’ on globalresearch ca , 30 July 2014)

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