Please note – this is a Press Release from the official MH17 investigation, does not reflect my own views or findings on the tragedy – Graham Phillips
In the criminal investigation into the crash of flight MH17, the international Joint Investigation Team issues a call for witnesses from Eastern-Ukraine. The investigation team investigates various scenarios. A scenario is that from this region MH17 has been taken down on July 17th 2014, 16.20 hr.
Within the scope of this scenario the investigation team is looking for people that can provide more information on the transport, the crew and the firing of a BUK missile system in the Donbass area, Eastern Ukraine, in the days around the crash of MH17 on July 17th 2014.
Previously a general call for witnesses had been released in the wake of the international recovery mission. At this stage in the criminal investigation, the investigation team has a clearer picture of the possible causes of the crash. It is therefore logical to release a second more specific call for witnesses.
This call for witnesses does not mean that the police and public prosecution service already have clearly established what the cause is of the crash of flight MH17. More investigation is needed. It is too early to draw any conclusions about the cause of the plane crash. For that reason in this call for witnesses the request is explicitly aimed at anybody who can help to solve this tragedy.
Today the call for witnesses is distributed via websites and social media-channels of law enforcement and legal authorities and newssites of newspapers, radio- en tv-stations. The call for witnesses is presented in a short movie, Russian spoken with English subtitles. The movie shows images of the transport in Eastern-Ukraine of a BUK missile system on a lowloader truck. The movie also contains parts of intercepted phone calls between separatists.
Regarding the call for witnesses is stressed that all information in relation to the crash of MH17 is welcome. Witnesses who have relevant information that points into another investigative direction are also welcome to contact the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
Witnesses can leave or upload information on the website of the Joint Investigation Team (www.jitmh17.com) but also have the possibility to contact the JIT by phone or email.
The international criminal investigation into the crash of flight MH17 is undertaken by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.
This notice has also been published on the website of the next of kin.