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What The Russian Papers Are Saying About Flight MH17

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

MOSCOW -- Despite mounting evidence that Moscow-backed rebels are responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Russia's print media paint a very different picture.

Some claim it was shot down by the Ukrainian military, which mistook the passenger jet for a military aircraft. Some suggest the culprit was a terrorist attack on board.

Komsomolskaya Pravda: It's Unlikely The Separatists Shot Down Flight MH17

The daily "Komsomolskaya pravda" ran a commentary titled “Who fired the Buk?” by military commentator Viktor Baranets. The piece argues that it is unlikely that pro-Moscow separatists shot down Flight MH17. The more likely scenario, Baranets argues, is that the passenger jetliner was downed by the Ukrainian military, which mistook it for a Russian military aircraft. 

Claiming that only a Buk surface-to-air missile system could have hit a plane flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters, Baranets points out that Ukraine has 75 Buk systems in its arsenal. There is also an antiaircraft defense station 40 kilometers from Donetsk.

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What The Russian Papers Are Saying About Flight MH17

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