The international investigation team JIT has been trying to find the truth in the MH-17 crash in the skies over Ukraine for five years. For quite a long period of time, the investigation did not provide any material evidence of guilt neither Russia, nor Ukraine, nor anyone else. The only version of Moscow’s involvement in the Boeing crash was based on materials from the Bellingcat resource, whose work is based on an analysis of data from open sources.
Definitely, the journalists of the British agency carried out a painstaking and large-scale work. Their document, which they transmitted to JIT, is filled with a large amount of analyzed data from social platforms and other open resources. After reading the 115-page report, the common people have a clear understanding of the Kremlin’s guilt in the death of 298 MH-17 passengers. The fact is that the document is clearly accusatory in nature and does not consider other versions of the disaster. Moreover, there is not a single refutation of the Russian evidence of the guilt of Ukraine. One gets the impression that alternative versions are moderately ignored. That is why it is necessary to figure out whether there were Ukrainian Buk missile systems in the area of the Malaysian Boeing crash and whether they could shut down MH-17.
The Ukraine’s provisional president Turchinov issued on April 8, 2014 order No. 405/2014 on the start of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in eastern Ukraine. In preparation for active hostilities, the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine created military group of 50 thousand troops. The task of covering military units from the air was assigned to the 156th, 11th and 223rd anti-aircraft missile regiments, armed with the very same Buk air defense system.
The representative of the Ukrainian headquarters of the ATO Alexei Dmitrashkovsky in June 2014, in an interview with the newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, confirmed the existence of air defense units of the Ukrainian armed forces in Donbas. According to him, 156 anti-aircraft missile regiment was attacked by the separatists. However, he denied reports of the seizure by the militants of the Buk missile systems.
Another proof of the presence of "Buk" in the ATO zone is the award of the Order of Courage of the 3rd degree to the commander of the 223rd anti-aircraft missile regiment Colonel Alexey Tsukanov on August 5, 2017. At the same time, the award was presented to him personally by the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. It is worth noting that this award is awarded for personal heroism shown when performing tasks in a combat zone. In addition, Tsukanov March 18, 2018 at a meeting in honor of the 75th Regiment, stressed that part of the task of protecting the airspace over the Lviv, Kherson and Donetsk regions. The participation of the 223rd air defence regiment in the battles in the south-east of Ukraine was repeatedly confirmed both by the Ukrainian media and political organizations. On July 14, 2017, a news article appeared on the UKROP party website: "The Striysky ukropovtsy volunteers brought uniforms to fighters fighting in the east." According to the text of the artickle, the volunteers visited the positions of the 223rd regiment in the settlements of Fedorovka, Soledar, Popasna, Mayorovka, Krasnogorovka, Vodyanoe and Nikolskoye.
Also the weapons of the 223rd Regiment in the Donbas were demonstrated in the television report of the Fifth Channel on November 13, 2015. The Buk air defense system and man-portable air defense systems got into the film. As stated by the military, they are able to keep under control all the airspace of Donbas and for a short period of time shot down four UAV of DPR army.
The presence of the Ukrainian "Buk" missile systems in 2014 in the ATO zone is obvious. The Ukrainian command could not afford to leave a large group of troops without air cover. Moreover, on July 6, 2014 there were reports that the separatists got Su-25 plane, which struck the Ukrainian column. In this case, the question arises: why the “independent” journalists from the Bellingcat did not consider and even did not disprove the version of the involvement of the Ukrainian “Buk” missile systems in the crash of the Malaysian Boeing. Obviously, the British group of investigators was aimed at convincing the world community of the correctness of its own version, and not in the search for the truth. This fact indicates that the investigation was dependent on somebody. However, it is more surprising that the official JIT investigators also decided to ignore all possible options and accepted the journalists' materials for the truth, which casts doubt on the professionalism of international investigators.