A month ago, I mentioned a photograph purportedly showing a Ukrainian SU-27 or Mig-29 that is just shooting down the Malaysian aircraft in Donbas. The picture could have been shown to be fake – too many details were wrong – and some readers helpfully provided us with links to the relevant evidence.
I am hoping that a similar response may emerge now. The new accusations don't come with any high-resolution photograph – it's just an eyewitness – but they are more concrete because they name the boy who is claimed to have shot the airplane by accident.
Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian, TV version, an English translation) published the interview with the alleged eyewitness, a former employee of an airbase in Dniepropetrovsk. I am not sure about his or her name – it may be Yuri Shevtsov, the guy who gave this testimony in August, or someone else, like Alexander someone. Most sources say that he is still a "secret witness". Who knows.
We are told that this deserter claims that he saw 3 planes leaving the Dnietropetrovsk airbase in the morning, and only one returning in the afternoon. This aircraft, an SU-25 (the same model that was discussed in the early accusations against the Ukrainian Air Force), did have missiles in the morning but no missiles in the afternoon. Its pilot, Captain Vladislav Voloshin, a young guy decorated by Poroshenko etc., would be very nervous and talk about a "wrong plane" and a "plane that was at a wrong place, at a wrong time".
If the testimony is accurate, and it is a big If, of course, it would follow that Voloshin has shot the Boeing by an unlucky accident. The same "unlucky accident" description is rather likely to apply even if MH17 were downed by the local militias. No one is likely to help his side's cause if he shoots down an aircraft from a completely different country.
Russia is investigating the allegations now. See RT for a story in English.
What I find rather powerful about this story is that it names a real person who is actually out there. This guy has his own Ukrainian Wikipedia page, older video interview with him, and lots of pictures.
Please, just to be sure, I am not releasing any verdict, in one way or another. You are kindly asked to calm down, whatever your expectations are, and provide us with some rational thoughts or data on the matter.
The first Malaysian Airlines plane
Meanwhile, the world media (The Daily Mail was among the first ones) are full of the assertions by a former CEO of Proteus Airlines that the MH370 flight was shot down by the U.S. Air Force as it approached the Diego Garcia base. The American personnel were afraid of the 9/11 scenario.
It's the same base that was mentioned in the (hopefully fake) story about the iPhone stored in a passenger's buttocks that was taking almost black pictures (later leaked) of the base after the U.S. Army kidnapped everyone on the airplane.
Update on Wednesday: the witness account was "confirmed" by a lie detector but because I think that polygraphs are mostly bullšit, it doesn't affect my opinions.