The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has discovered telephone conversations in which Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine talk about MH17 and mention the names of senior officials within the Russian government. This includes the name Sergey Shoygu, the Russian Minister of Defense. The JIT issued a witness call on Thursday.
"The JIT is looking for information about clients in the administrative and military hierarchy, who made it possible for MH17 to be shot down in Eastern Ukraine by the BUK TELAR."
"Further investigation, including witness hearings of former DPR members, suggests that the Russian influence went beyond providing military support alone. This can also be seen from recorded conversations that DPR leaders had with senior officials of the Russian government. "
An example of a conversation
- A .: We called you three times. In summary, he has already given an order to "what his name is again". They agree to deliver ... after they have received an order from a person whose name begins with "sh." Do you know him?
- B .: No, I don't know him. Who is that?
- A .: Well, it's Shoygu.
A. in this interview, one of the suspects who will be prosecuted next year is Sergey Dubinsky.
Phone calls made public by JIT
The relatives of the victims were informed on Thursday. A series of conversations is made public on the JIT website. Details are also mentioned about the secure means of communication "with which DPR fighters and Russian officials communicated. The telephone numbers come from the same series and appear to have been provided by the Russian security service FSB," the JIT said.
"There was daily contact between these numbers about administrative, financial and military matters in the DPR. The JIT wants to know which people used these numbers."
65Investigation team shows faces of four MH17 disaster suspects
Court case against suspects starts in March
This summer the JIT announced that four men, namely Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko, will be prosecuted for shooting MH17. They allegedly transported the stoop-rocket. The trial starts on March 9, 2020 at the Judicial Complex at Schiphol.
Five years ago the plane departed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The flight was brought down above Ukraine by a stoop-rocket of pro-Russian separatists. The 298 passengers were all killed. There were 196 Dutch people among them.
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