Former Russian Air Force general (and head of the Russian air force) Peter Deynikin asserted to Russia’s RIA Novosti that it was an SA-11 (“Buk”), and not an air-to-air missile, that brought down MH-17. Deynikin bases his assertion on what he believes are evidence of SA-11 warhead submunitions found in the bodies of some of the victims. When a 70 kg Buk warhead detonates, it sprays a hail of steel balls (think buckshot for airplanes) intended to perforate a target’s fuselage, engine(s), and vital components.
[It is ] interesting that RIA Novosti ran the story, which runs counter to what RUS media and government have asserted. I think the mere fact that this story was run, and the credibility of the person making this assertion, is hugely significant. Look for UKR and Western media to cite this article, and this assertion, in the coming days. I fully expect RUS to respond by saying if it was a Buk, then it was a UKR-operated one that launched the fatal missile.
The article, itself, is very candid. The former Air Force Commander of the USSR and the Russian Army General Peter Deinekin calls the air to air version touted by the Russian government untenable.
Assault can not hit the plane with their weapons, he is a slow, low-altitude. Besides his actions could be seen on radar. And striking effect aircraft missiles are not as powerful as in” Buck “- said Deinekin.
It is noteworthy that at the conclusion of the article, RIA Novosti reminds the reader of a 2001 incident wherein a
Ukrainian missile air defense units of the S-200 was shot down by a Russian Tu-154, en route from Tel Aviv – Novosibirsk. As a result, killed 78 people – 66 passengers, most of whom are citizens of Israel, and 12 crew members.
The reader is reminded that a group of Russian journalists has already tracked a Buk from Russia to the probable place of the shootdown, and back into Russia.
Fear not, Russia, the noose is not yet tight.