Thursday, July 17, 2014

Russian transport of BUK into Ukraine on July 17th

On 17/7 a Russian convoy had arrived in Ukraine which transported the BUK that shot down Malasian MK17. At about 13:30 the BUK must have entered the city Snizhne.

The convoy consisted of 3 tanks, 2 BTRs, a truck with militia, a truck with a heavy machine gun and a loader transporting the BUK.

Here are photos taken from this transport:

(Source and translated from Inforesist)

We have been able to reconstruct where the BUK has been in Donetsk. Read about it in this blog. It is confirmed now.

After arrival of the BUK in Donetsk the Russian terrorist discussed what to do next in this leaked telephone conversations. They would transport it to Snizhne.

Here you can see that transport:

That original video has been deleted, but a copy can be found here:

It is geolocated like this in Zuhres (between Donetsk and Snizhne):

Link to Google maps.

The next photos also give detailed information on its location..

This photo is reported to be taken in Torez on thursday July 17th:

The BUK can be seen loaded on the trailer (click to enlarge). It is the same trailer as on the first photos.

The geolocation is here:

The only thing is that the layout in front of the photo does not match with the satelite image. That must have been changed. 
This recent photo from a local shows that a new gas station has been build there, so that explains the differences with the satelite images:

Also the DigitalGlobe satellite images shows the new layout compatible with the photo:

In the next photo, the BUK is driving itself, which means it has been offloaded anywhere before this:

It was reported to be taken at around 12:00.
The geolocation is like this:

Link to Google maps.

Then there is the video in Snizhne, already discussed here. A screenshot:

The geolocation:

Link to Google maps.

When we connect the dots, this is the route the BUK travelled.

This is the part we can absolutely be sure of. A nice trick to check if the photos where indeed take on July 17th is to right click on the image and select Google Image Search. You will get all/many sites that use the photo, often with a date. If a date is earlier than Huly 17th 2014, it means the photo might have been taken earlier. With these photos this is not the case. It means they are authentic.

Transport from Donetsk to Torez
The next part is a little bit trickier, because we only have indirect clues.
In this leaked conversations between the Russian terrorists about the BUK, we can understand it first arrived at a certain location, then they called a commander at 9:30 about what to do with it and then they transported/drove it to its launch destination.

Earlier the terrorists had been capturing an army base in Donetsk code named A1402. You can see it here on Wikimapia. Another one they had captured is Military Unit 3004. It is likely that the transport first had been to one of these locations.

Transport from Russia into Ukraine
Almost all transports from Russia into Ukraine in June and July had been going through the Krasnodon-Izvarino region. This was the last corridor that Ukraine had not been able to close and that the Russian terrorists and the Russian army had been fighting hard to keep open. So without a doubt this transport came through this corridor too.

On July 15th Russia drove heavy artillery to Donetsk.
Here you can read about one a very well recorded Russian invasion transports into Ukraine on July 13th. This is the route taken from that transport:

Therefore the BUK wil have travelled a very similar route.

That makes the total travel route into Ukraine look like this:

Note: the first part is an educated estimation, the last part is well recorded and confirmed!

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