The Security Service of
Ukraine has compelling evidence that a Boeing 777 aircraft was shot down with
the use of Buk anti-missile system which together with a crew had been
transferred from Russia to Ukraine, the Head of the SSU Department Vitalii
Naida informed during the briefing at the Crisis Media Center.
‘The SSU conducts
investigative actions and receives irrefutable evidence that Russian citizens
were involved in the act of terrorism,’ – Naida said. He assured the evidence
had been already forwarded to all the Service’s international partners. The SSU
directly cooperates with the Dutch police and law enforcers from other states
whose citizens became victims of the 17 July terrorist act.
The SSU senior officer
showed journalists photos of a Buk launcher on one of the streets in the town
of Torez, and photos of a convoy transporting the launcher across Donetsk
In addition, a photo was
released taken at the moment of a missile launch near Torez towards the village
of Snizhne. It distinctly depicts contrail of the missile that shot down the
Boeing 777 with civilians aboard. Vitalii Naida emphasized that the
Service had identified a launch point in the district controlled by terrorists
and Russian military.
The SSU representative informed as well that the Russian side ordered
terrorists to withdraw Buk launchers from Ukraine.
At 2:00, July 18, two movers each with a Buk missile launcher crossed the
Russian border in Luhansk region. At 4:00, another three movers: one of them
empty, other carrying a launcher with four missiles and the latter allegedly
with a control unit, crossed the state border.
He stressed that Russia attempted to suppress evidence of its involvement in
the terrorist act.
SSU Press Center