Tracking the Vehicle that Transported the MH17 Buk

Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters last month,
Bellingcat was able to purchase 25 square kilometers of satellite
imagery from Digital Globe. Our https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2015/06/12/jul used
this imagery to definitively demonstrate that the Russian Ministry of
Defense (MoD) falsely dated satellite photos it presented to the
international community in the days after the MH17 tragedy last year in
order to implicate Ukraine. Now, we will use the same Digital Globe
imagery to show that the low-loader that hauled the Buk linked with the
downing of MH17 was in fact absent from its vehicle yard when it was
photographed by Paris Match on the morning of 17 July 2014.
On 25 July 2014, eight days after MH17 was shot down by a Buk missile system over eastern Ukraine, the French weekly Paris Match www.parismatch.com/Actu/International/EXCLU-MATCH-Un-camion- of a red and white low-loader transporting a Buk through the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk.



Subsequent https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2014/07/28/two confirmed that the low-loader hauling the Buk was headed east on the H21 highway. Inquiries https://plus.google.com/+IainMartin/posts/MWyx9pgG4tN established
that the photograph was taken at “about 11 a.m. on the morning of July
17”; shadows cast by the vehicle are consistent with this time of day. Paris Match also confirmed that this was the best quality version of the image available.

Using the phone number on the side of the low-loader, Paris Match
contacted the owner of the vehicle rental company, who claimed that the
low-loader had been stolen by separatists who had occupied his
warehouses since 8 July and that the vehicle was unique in the region.
The phone number was also used to track down the exact https://web.archive.org/web/20150126172854/http:/www.cm.ua/c, which is located https://www.google.com/maps/@48.041584,37.791598,3a,15y,336.29h,87.93t/data=%213m4%211e1%213m2%211sGcxlL7d5KaKO2WGGDcww5w%212e0.
Historical Google Earth imagery shows that the low-loader can be seen
in the vehicle yard facing north on 2 July 2014, while on 21 July 2014,
it has clearly moved and can be seen facing east.


Read the whole report at https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2015/06/30/low where you also can see the overlapping satellite images.