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Ukrainian Su-25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before crash - Moscow
The Russian military detected a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet gaining height towards the MH17 Boeing on the day of the catastrophe.
Kiev must explain why the military jet was tracking the passenger airplane, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
A Ukraine Air Force military jet was detected gaining  height, it’s distance from the Malaysian Boeing was 3 to  5km,” said the head of the Main Operations Directorate of  the HQ of Russia’s military forces, Lieutenant-General Andrey  Kartopolov speaking at a media conference in Moscow on Monday.

“[We] would like to get an explanation as to why the military  jet was flying along a civil aviation corridor at almost the same  time and at the same level as a passenger plane,” he stated. “The SU-25 fighter jet can gain an altitude of 10km,  according to its specification,” he added. “It’s  equipped with air-to-air R-60 missiles that can hit a target at a  distance up to 12km, up to 5km for sure.”
The presence of the Ukrainian military jet can be confirmed by  video shots made by the Rostov monitoring center, Kartopolov  stated.

At the moment of the MH17 crash an American satellite was flying  over the area of eastern Ukraine, according to Russia’s Defense  Ministry. It urged the US to publish the space photos and data  captured by it.
In addition, MH17 crashed within the operating zone of the  Ukrainian army’s self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air   ‘Buk’ missile systems, the Russian general said. “We have space images of certain places where the Ukraine’s  air defense was located in the southeast of the country,”   Kartapolov noted.   

The first three shots that were shown by the general are dated  July 14. The images show Buk missile launch systems in about 8km  northwest of the city of Lugansk – a self-propelled vehicle and  two launchers, according to the military official.   
Another image shows a radar station near Donetsk.

Radar stations of the air defense in Donetsk Region, 5km north of Donetsk city, on July 14, 2014.

While the third picture shows the location of the air defense  systems near Donetsk, he explained. In particular, one can  clearly see the self-propelled system, about 60 units of military  and special equipment, he elaborated.

Buk missile defense units in Donetsk Region, 5km north of Donetsk city, on July 14, 2014.

“Images from this area were also made on July 17. One should  notice that the missile launcher is absent [from the scene].  Image number five shows the Buk missile system in the morning of  the same day in the area of settlement Zaroschinskoe – 50km south  of Donetsk and 8km south of Shakhtyorsk
," the Kartapolov  said


No Buk missile defense units in Donetsk Region, 5km north of Donetsk city, on July 17, 2014.


Buk missile defense units in Zaroschinskoe, 50km south of Donetsk city and 8km south of Shakhtyorsk, on July 17, 2014.

The question that has to be answered is why the missile system  appeared in the area controlled by the local militia forces  shortly before the catastrophe, he stated.   

Images taken on July 18 show that the missile systems left the  area of the MH17 crash on July 17, the military official said.   

Kartapolov also pointed to the fact that on the day of the plane  crash Ukraine’s military increased the intensity of the radar  stations of the Buk missile systems. In response to Moscow’s evidence, Kiev said on Monday it had  proof the missile that brought down a Malaysian airliner last  week came from Russia.   

"There is evidence that the missile which struck the plane  was fired by terrorists, who received arms and specialists from  the Russian Federation," spokesman for Ukraine's Security  Council Andrey Lysenko told a news conference. "To disown  this tragedy, [Russia] are drawing a lot of pictures and maps. We  will explore any photos and other plans produced by the Russian  side."

21.07.2014
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