Controlling Ukraine: The EU and Russia in Ukraine

May 1, 2017

On 17 July 2014 in Donetsk Oblast near the Russian border, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was hit by a surface-to-air missile at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 ft) and crashed. A Dutchled international investigation concluded in the fall of 2016 that the missile that shot down MH17 was a Russian “Buk” model; the truck carrying the Buk weapons system was seen entering Ukraine over the Russian border the night before and returning to Russia that night. CNN reported a recording that day by pro-Russian separatists gleefully reporting that they had destroyed their target. The recording soon disappeared, once it became clear what the “target” turned out to be: a civilian airliner, and not a Ukrainian fighter jet.