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Commander Acknowledges ‘Separatists’ Had BUK Missile

From Reuters:

Exclusive: Ukraine rebel commander acknowledges fighters had BUK missile

By Anton Zverev | July 23, 2014

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia.

In an interview with Reuters, Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok Battalion, acknowledged for the first time since the airliner was brought down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday that the rebels did possess the BUK missile system and said it could have been sent back subsequently to remove proof of its presence.

Maybe the Obama administration will now admit as much. But why didn’t Reuters ask him who shot down the two Ukrainian fighter jets?

Before the Malaysian plane was shot down, rebels had boasted of obtaining the BUK missiles, which can shoot down airliners at cruising height. But since the disaster the separatists’ main group, the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, has repeatedly denied ever having possessed such weapons…

"I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR," he said, referring to the Luhansk People’s Republic, the main rebel group operating in Luhansk, one of two rebel provinces along with Donetsk, the province where the crash took place.

"That BUK I know about. I heard about it. I think they sent it back. Because I found out about it at exactly the moment that I found out that this tragedy had taken place. They probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its presence," Khodakovsky told Reuters on Tuesday.

"The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence that the volunteers have this technology, through the fault of Russia. It not only did nothing to protect security, but provoked the use of this type of weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians," he said…

We somehow knew it would be the Ukrainians fault anyway.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 24th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Commander Acknowledges ‘Separatists’ Had BUK Missile”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Ya’ll are kissing the salient points. BRICs threatening dollar hegemony. Geopolitical battle over natural gas exports (gee, we sure did suddeny find a lot of natural gas, huh?) Putin plays rough but this White House has marched around the world destabilizing everything they touch. Has killed more people than Genghis Khan including those who serve the White House, abandoned USA allies, been caught lying about everything, corrupting federal institutions, fed and housed and assisted enemies of the world at every turn, got rid of our southern border, destroyed our economy, radically neutered our military, hog tied and had carnal relations with the entire US media establishment, moving forcefully to take us into a single party tyranny and yet .. and yet .. Putin shot down MH17.

    For what? Cui Bono?

    No. The White House through its network of assassins and monkey wrenchers, expert covert money bag men and professional blackmailers whispered in the right ears and then hung it immediately around Putin’s neck.

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