Law 09:39 04/06/2015

Naming witness ‘significant step’ in MH17 investigation

The public identification of a witness to the MH17 crash is crucial not only for the investigation but also for the international PR war surrounding the issue, security analyst and former UK army officer Charles Shoebridge told RT.

Russia's investigative committee has released the name of a key witness into the downing of MH17 over East Ukraine last July. The witness is Evgeny Agapov, an aviation armaments mechanic in the Ukrainian Air Force and he is currently under Russian state protection.

Meanwhile on Tuesday a Russian missile manufacturer announced the results of its own probe. The BUK manfuactuer Almaz-Antey claims it knows what type of missile was responsible for the crash. The manufacturer says the damage caused to the aircraft is consistent with an outdated BUK M1 missile which has not been produced since 1999. The results of their analysis were passed on to international investigators.

RT: Let's focus on the witness accounts revealed by Russian investigators first. How are they going to affect the international investigation?

Charles Shoebridge: The naming of this person is a significant step for a number of reasons. First of all, of course, it bolsters his credibility enormously and not only for the investigation but also in terms of the international PR war that is going on online and elsewhere around this whole issue of who was responsible for MH17 and what capital can be gained from it in a political sense. So the fact that he has been identified shows the obvious point that he actually exists – this person hasn’t just been made up. But more importantly, it does give credibility to what he is saying because he was a person in a position to actually know what he is talking about. He is a person who has been working in the Ukrainian Air Force, who had direct experience and knowledge - if what he is saying is true, of the situation on the ground in respect to this particular Su-25 fighter aircraft.

However, it’s also the case that on some level it’s going to be quite easy to attack his evidence. We should also add of course that the significance of his evidence isn’t just… evidence that a plane went up, came back having fired off, it would appear, some cannon ammunition. That of course is also crucially consistent with what Russian investigators and the Russian state have put forward...

RT: On Tuesday, Russia's BUK missiles manufacturer said the plane may have been brought down by an old BUK missile. Meanwhile the official international probe is yet to reveal its results. How is this going to play out?

CS: …With regard to this mechanic, it must be said that his evidence must be attacked on a number of fronts, whether he is telling the truth or not he can be attacked on these fronts. First of all, of course, it can be obviously said that he is just simply lying, that he has a motive to lie and people can look at that and find the motives they want to. But also what is going to be crucially important is the degree to which this witness’s evidence matches the physical evidence that has been taken from the ground. Let’s not forget that the scene was secured by, shall we say, the pro-Russian rebels on the ground at the time. The Dutch investigators have recovered a certain amount of evidence which then plays into a very significant development [on Tuesday] where the manufacturer of the BUK missile, that’s alleged to have been responsible by many for the shooting down, actually came out and said from the shrapnel and from the trajectory of the weapon that they have worked out.

And they do this not from some way of studying videos; they are the manufacturers of this weapon, they are engineers, scientists, they know everything about this weapon. They have said quite conclusively [on Tuesday], and this is very important, that this weapon is only in the hands of Ukraine and not in the hands of Russia. So this will immediately debunk the idea that Russia supplied this weapon. Although it wouldn’t necessarily debunk the idea that this weapon was fired by pro-Russian rebels because they could have captured, or as a result of a defector, a Ukrainian missile passed to them. There are many options still open. But also let’s not forget that Russian manufacturer put forward a theory based on a scientific analysis of where the weapon came from and this alleged to come from an area that was said to be under the Ukrainian government not rebel-controlled. So this is highly significant evidence that the official inquiry will have to take into account…

Political analyst Aleksandar Pavic agrees that having an eyewitness in this investigation is a major development. He also suggests that Western mainstream media might try to marginalize this new witness and even discredit him.

“Whoever is after the truth about this whole tragic incident this will be very valuable information for them. But I just want to emphasize this is not new information, this is practically confirmation of testimony that appeared last July, just a few days after this incident. Namely, we had an OSCE monitor, a Canadian of Ukrainian origin, who testified before Canadian national television that he saw pockmarked debris of the downed airplane, which looked like machine gun fire which could have only come from a war plane that was nearby. We also had a Western aviation blog, called the Aviationist, only four days after the crash literally admitting that there were Ukrainian war planes in the vicinity of the passenger flight. Also, it’s known that the passenger plane diverted from the usual flight path that was taken by passenger planes just a day before on the same flight. This one was diverted directly over the war-time zone. So we have all these indicators that were available over a year now. We have a witness come forth – actually an eyewitness – to confirm all this is a very huge development.”

As for the official Dutch investigation, Pavic says it is taking too long, which makes everyone feel uncomfortable.

“We can safely bet that had anything been found to implicate Russia directly or so-called pro-Russian forces around Donetsk and Lugansk, I think the Commission would have come out with the truth by now, but they haven’t. So I think they don’t have anything to implicate Russia with and this is very uncomfortable news for them now. I think Western mainstream media is going to try very hard to marginalize this new proof and may even try to discredit this witness. But I think whoever is after the truth especially the families of the victims will have to listen very carefully to what this new witness said.” 



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

20:00
Azerbaijan fired around 1100 shots toward Artsakh defense positions
The Azerbaijani armed forces violated the ceasefire along the Artsakh-Azerbaijan Line of Contact over 150 times in the past week. In the...
19:30
Air temperature to go down tomorrow
Short-term rain with thunderstorm is predicted in separate regions of Armenia On October 20-24, Hydromet meteorological service reported on...
19:00
Artsakh president attends pomegranate festival in Martuni
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan was present today at the pomegranate festival held in the town of Martuni. As the press service at...
18:48
Armenia to have a national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale
The Republic of Armenia will be represented at the 17th Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia which will run from 23 May to 29...
18:30
Euronews: Aleppo souk reopens, representing return to former way of life
A centuries-old Aleppo market re-opened on Thursday, seven years after it was partly destroyed in the fighting that took place in the city as...
18:20
Hundreds of thousands protest in London for new Brexit vote
Hundreds of thousands of Britons marched through London on Saturday to demand a new Brexit referendum, saying their views were being ignored as...
17:46
Mkhitaryan resumes trainings after an injury of thigh strain
The Armenian national team captain and Roma attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has resumed training after being out of action for three...
17:17
Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize announces call for nominations
Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize is one of the important awards in astronomy/astrophysics and related sciences. It is being...
17:04
Number of metro stations closed in Baku ahead of opposition rally
The police in Azerbaijan closed number of metro stations in Baku and blocked the area in the city center in front of the May 28 metro station...
16:30
Disabled athletes take part in the national bench press competition
National bench press competition kicked off in Yerevan on Saturday organized by the Powerlifting Federation of Armenia and Armenian National...
15:56
Lebanon scraps WhatsApp tax as protests rage
Protests raged for a second day in Lebanon despite the government backtracking on plans to tax WhatsApp calls. The government had announced a...
15:39
Around 30 people killed and injured in targeting by the Turkish warplanes near Ras al-Ayn city
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights documented the death of 7 citizens and the injury of at least 21 others in airstrikes carried out by the...
14:04
No Armenians suffered in Tbilisi explosion - embassy
No citizens of Armenia and Armenian suffered in the explosion in the residential building at Guramishvili avenue in Tbilisi, Armenia’s...
13:24
Car customs clearance checkpoint to open in Gyumri till the end of the year
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan visited Gyumri on Saturday, Armenia’s second largest city to get familiarized with the ongoing...
11:15
Four-time Grammy award winner Stanley Clarke to open Yerevan Jazz Fest 2019
Four-time Grammy award winner, recording artist, performer, composer, producer bassist Stanley Clarke will give a start to Yerevan Jazz Fest...
10:39
Yerevan celebrating its 2801st anniversary
“Erebuni-Yerevan 2801” celebrations will kick off in Armenia on October 19 under the slogan of “Yerevan in my heart”....
20:30
Trump to host G7 at his own Florida resort property
White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced during a White House press briefing that the 2020 G7 summit will be held at Trump...
20:02
Azerbaijani hacking group behind attacks on PM’s official website
“The official webpage of Armenian Prime Minister has been restored and is fully operational,” expert in information security Samvel...
19:13
Third edition of “Armmono Plus” theater festival to kick off in Armenia
The third edition of “Armmono Plus” theater festival will be held on October 19-22 in Tavush Province of Armenia. As the ministry of...
18:29
Artsakh president attended event on the 5th anniversary of founding the Dilijan International School
Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan partook in a solemn event dedicated to the 5th anniversary of founding the Dilijan International...
17:37
NASA astronauts conduct the first all-female spacewalk
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir plan to float outside the International Space Station on Friday for a five-and-a-half-hour spacewalk...
15:59
Mortar attack on Afghan mosque kills 20 during prayers
An Afghan official says at least 20 people have been killed during Friday prayers when a mortar fired by insurgents blasted through the roof of...
15:41
Armenia's Security Council holds meeting chaired by PM
The Security Council of Armenia held on Friday a planned extraordinary session, chaired by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, his office reported....
15:24
VivaCell-MTS grants awards to winners of Hackathon of Digital UAV Forum 2019
Digital UAV International Forum 2019, the first in its kind event on artificial intelligence and unmanned aerial vehicles in Armenia,...
15:14
The secret of Ryanair’s cheap flights and guarantees
The announcements about Ryanair’s entry into the Armenian market and cheap flights offered by the airline have caused a great stir among...
14:12
Gravestones with Armenian, Georgian inscriptions discovered in Tbilisi
Gravestones with Armenian and Georgian inscriptions were found during the restoration of the Dry Bridge in Tbilisi last week, Jnews reported....
13:45
Turkey resumes operation in northern Syria despite deal with US – media
Turkey’s forces resumed attacks on Ras al-Ayn in northeast Syria on Friday despite a deal on a temporary ceasefire reached with the US, Al...
13:37
Turkey bans scientific conference organized by Hrant Dink Foundation
Turkey has banned a scientific conference on “Social, Cultural and Economic History of Kayseri and the Region” set to take place at...
13:19
Armenian humanitarian mission delivers medical supplies to Aleppo hospital
The Armenian humanitarian mission in Syria delivered medical supplies to the military hospital of Aleppo on Thursday, the Center for...
12:55
Russia submits proposal on moving UN GA First Committee's sessions from New York
Russia has officially submitted to the United Nations the draft proposal on moving sessions of the UN General Assembly's First Committee...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}