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RF defence ministry doubts Kiev’s words that Ukrainian army conducted no aerial shooting

Missile defence systems cause serious doubts

MOSCOW, July 18, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s defence ministry says Kiev’s statements that no aerial shooting was conducted by the Ukrainian armed forces’ warplanes or missile defence systems cause serious doubts.

“In conditions of fierce fighting in this region, it is practically impossible to draw such a definite conclusion in such a short time,” the press service of the Russian defence ministry told Itar-Tass on Friday. “Such statements that entail serious legal consequence require an all-round investigation.

According to the information available at the Russian defence ministry, Ukrainian army had units equipped with missile defence systems of the Buk-M1 type in the area of the jet crash. “Thus, divisions of the 156th air defence regiment of the

Ukrainian armed forces are deployed near Donetsk’s northwestern suburbs. They have missile defence systems of the Buk-M1 type. Such systems are capable of detecting air targets at a distance of up to 160 kilometers and hit them in the entire

range of altitudes at a distance of over 30 kilometers.”
“Apart from that, warplanes of the Ukrainian army equipped with various types of missiles are permanently present over the Donetsk region,” the press service noted.

Commenting on allegations concerning the actions of the Russian armed forces in Russian regions bordering Ukraine, the Russian defence ministry said, “On July 17, Russian missile defence systems in this region were out of service. Russian warplanes performed no flight in Russian regions bordering Ukraine on July 17. This information is confirmed by recorders.”

The ministry noted that the Boeing was flying outside the range of Russian missile defence systems. It was in Ukraine’s air space and within the scope of its air traffic control.

The ministry called for a thorough investigation into the crash involving all international organizations concerned. “We call on the international community to conduct a thorough and maximum open investigation into this accident,” the Russian defence ministry stressed.