Special Briefing by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on the crash of the
Malaysian Boeing 777 in the Ukrainian air space, July 21, 2014
Speech of the Chief of the Main Operations Directorate – the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed
Forces of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General A.V.Kartapolov
Dear representatives of mass media!
Ladies and gentlemen!
After the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 accident on July 17, following the international airway Amsterdam - Kuala
Lumpur, we can find quantity of conflicted information. In this case the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense
considers necessary to submit information having at the General Staff disposal. On the scheme you can see the
international airway. The Boeing-777 was supposed to fly on this airway. Draw your attention to the fact that the
aircraft followed inside the specified air-corridor to Donetsk, then it deviated from the route to north. Meanwhile the
maximum distance from the left border of the air-corridor was 14 kilometers.
Then we can see that the Boeing-777 turned back to the borders of the specified air-corridor. Nevertheless Malaysian
aircrew didn’t succeed the maneuver. At 17.20 we entered the event of the aircraft rate reduction, at 17.23 the
aircraft’s point blinked off on the radar. Why did the aircraft cross the border of the air-corridor? Was it the
navigation mistake, or the aircrew followed the Dnepropetrovsk ground control orders? We will find the answers after
“black boxes” and communication decoding. According to our information on the day of the accident the Ukrainian Armed
Forces deployed 3 to 4 artillery battalions of Buk-M1 missile system not far from Donetsk. The system allows hitting
the targets on the distance up to 35 kilometers and on the altitude to 22 kilometers. Why did the Ukrainian Armed
Forces deploy these air defense units in the Donetsk region?As we know militants don’t have aircrafts. On the scheme we
can see that both projected impact point and the airway are inside the air defense battle zone of the Ukrainian Armed
Forces’ Buk-M1 missile system. We have satellite photos of the Ukrainian Air Defense systems deployed in the South-East
of the country.
The first 3 photos are dated July 14, 2014:
On the first photo you can see the Buk missile systems deployed 8 kilometers north-west to Luhansk. On the photo you
can see clearly a self-propelled launch system and 2 loading vehicles.
On the second photo you can see radars deployed 5 kilometers north to Donetsk. We can see 2 radars, different
equipment and facilities.
On the third photo we can see air defense equipment deployed north to Donetsk. You can see clearly self-propelled
launch system with turned launch shoe and near 60 units of military and special-proposed equipment, mounted defilades
Here you can see a photo of the same area on July 17. Draw your attention that the antiaircraft system is absent on
On the fifth photo we can see Buk-M1 artillery battalion deployed 50 kilometers east to Donetsk and 8 kilometers
south to Shakhtarsk. We can answer: why the battalion was deployed near to the territory controlled by militants just
before the accident?
On the photo of same area dated July 18 we can see that the battery left the occupied position. Besides it, on July
17 we detected increased activity of Ukrainian radars 9S18 Kupol-M1 of the Buk missile system.
On the photo you can see that 7 radars worked on July 15, 8 radars on July 16, and 9 radars on July 17. Since July
18 there are only 2-3 radars per twenty-four hours. We shall find out the reasons for the events.
I want to expose air situation in Donetsk area that day. On the picture you can see information of objective control
since 17.10 to 17.30 Moscow time.
At that time there were 3 civilian aircrafts:
Flight from Copenhagen to Singapore at 17.17;
Flight from Paris to Taipei at 17.24
Flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Besides it, Russian system of air control detected the Ukrainian Air Force
aircraft, purposed Su-25, moving upwards toward to the Malaysian Boeing-777. The distance between aircrafts was 3-5
Su-25 can gain an altitude of 10000 meters for a short time. It is armed with air-to-air missile R-60 able to
lock-on and destroy target at a distance of 12 kilometers, and destroy it definitely at a distance of 5 kilometers.
What was the mission of the combat aircraft on the airway of civilian aircrafts almost at the same time and same
altitude with the civilian craft? We want to have this question answered.
The video of the Rostov Aerial Center of the Joint Air Traffic Management System can corroborate the information.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force Lieutenant-General Igor Makushev will comment the video.
Commentary of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!
Today the Aircraft Air Traffic control has acquired some objective control materials from the Rostov Aerial Center
of the Joint Air Traffic Management System. The video presents the air control information on air situation in the
region of Donetsk in the period from 17.19 P.M. to 17.25 P.M. Moscow time on July 17, 2014. In the upper left corner
there is a Boeing-772 mark, following the route from Copenhagen to Singapore. Under this point there is another
aircraft, it is Boeing-777 mark, which is on his way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. And on its right there is a
Boeing-778 mark making its way from Delhi to Birmingham. All the three aircraft have been steadily monitored by the
three radar stations of the air traffic control of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Boeing-777 is
moving towards the Russian Federation state boundary and is to cross it in the point of «TONAK». An air traffic control
officer has been controlling the aircraft flight and keeps on enquiring its flight variables to compare them with the
given ones. At 17.20 P.M. at the distance of 51 kilometers from the Russian Federation state boundary and the azimuth
of 300 degrees the aircraft started to lose its speed obstructively which is quite distinctively to be seen on the
table of the aircraft characteristics. At 17.21 35 seconds P.M. with the aircraft speed of 200 km/h at the point of the
Boeing crash there is a new mark of the aircraft to be seen. The aircraft was steadily monitored by radar stations of
Ust-Donetsk and Butirinskoe during 4 minutes period. Air control officer having enquired the characteristics of newly
appeared aircraft couldn’t possibly get them because it is in all likelihood that the aircraft had no secondary
deduction system amounted on it, which is put typically for military aircraft. The early detection of this aircraft
appeared to be quite impossible because the air situation control is usually performed by radars working in a standby
mode which detection possibilities at the given distance are over 5000 m altitude.
The detection of the aircraft turned out to be possible as the aircraft ascend it.
The further aircraft flight variables changes on its route testified the fact that it is now flying in the area of
Boeing crash and is monitoring the situation. Earlier the Ukrainian officials reported that on the day of the
Boeing-777 accident there were no military aircraft available in the region. So, as you can see, it is not appeared to
be true. Thank you for your attention.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we also have some questions to our US partners.According to the statement of the US
representatives they have some pictures from the space supporting that missile launching was made by the militants.But
nobody has seen these pictures.
According to our dates from 17:06 till 17:21 Moscow time on the July 17 over the South-Eastern territory of Ukraine
flew US space satellite. This is a special device of the experimental space system designed to detect and track various
missiles launches. If the US party has photos made by the satellite, please let us ask them to show the world’s
community for further investigation.
Is it coincidence or not? However the time of the Malaysian Boeing-777 accident and the time of the observation done
by the satellite over the Ukrainian territory are the same. To conclude it I would like to mention that all the
concrete information is based on the objective and reliable dates of the different Russian equipment in contrast to the
accusations of the US against us made without any evidence.The good example of such fact is that some mass media showed
transportation of the Buk-M1 missile system from Ukrainian to Russian territory.We can clearly see that its frame-up.
These pictures were made in the city of Krasnoarmeisk that is confirmed by a banner situated close to the road. This
banner has an address of the car shop situated at the Dnepropetrovskaya, 34. Since May 11 the Krasnoarmeysk city is
under control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. That is why we have some questions. What kind of launching system is it?
Where is it transported? Where is it now? Why is it unloaded completely? What was the last time it launched missiles?
To end my speech I would like to emphasize that the Russian Federation did not deliver to the militants any Buk-M1
missiles systems and other equipment. All the dates prepared by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation will
be transmitted today to the experts of the European countries and Malaysia. I hope these dates will help to make the
reliable investigation of the tragedy that happened on the July 17 over Donetsk. The Ministry of Defense will continue
to inform you about the newly revealed facts connected with the air disaster of Malaysian Boeing-777.
Thank you for your attention.
Reference: official web-site of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation