In what the US have called an increasingly desperate counter-argument made by Russia as to why it was, in fact, not them who fired the missile that down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, several questions have been raised by Russia to which they want answers.
The first question Russia posed as a counter-point is why did flight MH17 deviate from the standard route? The flight data will certainly answer this question and while there are numerous logical explanation which do not involve conspiracy against Russia, they seem to be suggesting that this deviation to the north from the usual corridor taken by commercial airliners is dubious and has some deeper meaning. Either that or, perhaps, there was a thunder storm? Not idea for flying through.
The second counter-argument revolved around a BUK system that was mysteriously moved from a group of three which they are claiming belongs to the Ukrainian millitary.
After displaying a similar series of satellite images showing a missile battery east of Donetsk, Kartapolova said: “The question is why the system happened to be near the area controlled by militiamen shortly before the tragedy. Images of the area taken on July 18 show that the system was no longer there.”
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, however, has denied his government forces could have been behind any downing of the jet. “We stress that the Armed Forces of Ukraine did not take action against any airborne targets,” he said.
“Unanswerable” question three was about radar activity. Leading up to the day of the crash, an increasing number of radar system stations operating, and then suddenly, the day after the disaster the number of radar stations dropped from 9 on the 17th of July to just two or three per day for the following three days. Ok… and?
The fourth question was some vague evidence about a Ukrainian fighter jet being in the vicinity of the Malaysia Airlines jet. They wanted to know why it was there… but they did not provide convincing evidence that it really was there. The Kremlin was also caught editing a Wikipedia page regarding the ceiling of the fighter jet to match their claims, and the US have dismissed this theory as desperate and lacking any real substance.
The second-to-last challenge the Russians posed was with regards to the reported location in which a video of a BUK system was shot. While many are saying that this video shows the missile carrier – with missing missile – was in a region under the control of rebels and heading back to Russia, the Russians are saying that this video was actually taken in an area solidly under control of the Ukrainian military. They do seem to be the only one’s who think so, though.
Finally, Russia wants to know where the claimed satellite images are that the US claims it has of the missile being fired. It is a good question.
Intelligence sources have said that a U.S. spy satellite was, in fact, over the area — and it actually picked up the heat of the missile launch.
“They would have known exactly where it was launched, where it was headed and the rate at which it was traveling,” Riki Ellison, founder of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, told the LA Times.
They are obviously not likely to give the Russians data from a spy satellite… but let someone see the evidence maybe?
While we all obviously want to know the truth, it would be more convincing if these counter-questions were not quite so easy to answer for everyone else.
Check out the full article with images at Mashable.
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