other airlines continued flying over what has been a warzone for months. The Atlantic in a
report titled, “The FAA’s Notice Prohibiting Airline Flights Over Ukraine,” stated clearly that:
Did aviation authorities know that this was a dangerous area?
Yes, they most certainly did. Nearly three months ago, on the “Special Rules” section of
its site, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration put out an order prohibiting American
pilots, airlines, charter carriers, and everyone else over whom the FAA has direct juris
diction, from flying over parts of Ukraine.
Fighters Use Man-Portable Air Defense Systems That Can’t Reach 33,000 Feet
For months fighters in eastern Ukraine have been downing Ukrainian military helicopters,
warplanes, and even a military transport aircraft – all using various formsof man-portable
anti-air missiles – all of which are incapable of downing the Malaysian 777 which was flying
at approximately 33,000 feet – well above the effective range of man-portable air defense
The system cited as responsible for the downing of flight MH17, was the sophisticated Buk
radar guided, tracked-vehicle mounted, anti-aircraft missile system. The New York Daily
News reported in an article titled, “Malaysia Airlines plane feared shot down in Ukraine
near Russian border,” that:
Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on Facebook that the
plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a
Buk launcher, reported Interfax, a Ukranian news agency.
It is not clear if fighters in eastern Ukraine obtained any Buk systems – and if they did, it is
unclear whether they had the ability to maintain and operate them.
If they did have any Buk systems, they would be few. Kiev claims that the systems were
passed along by Russia – apparently denying that any of their own systems had gone
missing. Unfortunately, even if Russia was arming fighters in eastern Ukraine, it would not
be with Buk systems that would be traced directly back to Moscow during their first use re
gardless of what they fired at.
Russia’s strongest card thus far has been its restraint and NATO’s inability to implicate it in
the chaos NATO itself started by backing armed Neo-Nazis during the “Euromaidan” of
late 2013-early 2014. Russia surely would not throw that card away to pass along weapon
systems to fighters that were already successfully downing Ukrainian military aircraft with
Russia and the fighters operating in eastern Ukraine have nothing to gain by downing a ci
vilian airliner, but absolutely everything to lose – thus pointing the finger in another directi
on – that of NATO and their proxy regime in Kiev. That the downed aircraft is yet another
Malaysian Boeing 777 – the second one this year to be lost under extraordinary circum
stances – has serendipitously gained maximum attention for propagandists across the
West. They have the world’s full and undivided attention with which to pin the blame on
Russia and anti-Kiev fighters in eastern Ukraine.