Russian-backed separatist leader Igor Girkin initially took credit for shooting down Malaysia Airlines MH17 on Social Media.
Moments before initial reports flooded the airwaves about Malaysian Airlines flight 17 being shot down, the Russian separatist leader took to his social media to brag about what they had just done.
At 5:50 pm Moscow time separatist leader Igor Girkin wrote “In the vicinity of Torez, we just downed a plane, an AN-26. It is lying somewhere in the Progress Mine. We have issued warnings not to fly in our airspace. We have video confirming. The bird fell on a waste heap. Residential areas were not hit. Civilians were not injured.”
The AN-26 plane that the Russian rebel leader is referring to is a two engine cargo plane used by the Ukrainian Air Force. From 32,000 feet the similarities would be strikingly similar only distinguishable to a trained aviation expert.
Soon after the story broke about a commercial airliner being shot down, Igor removed his social media post where he boasted about shooting down a large plane.
On June 29, 2014 these same separatists were bragging that they took over a Ukrainian military compound that was stocked with the Buk surface to air missiles, according to the Kyiv Post
On Monday of this week, the Ukrainian military confirmed that Igor Girkin’s rebels had shot down one of its cargo planes killing everyone on board. And then Wednesday these same separatists shot down Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jets. Reports came in that the missiles were fired from Russian territory.
The Russian separatists have claimed responsibility for all previous Ukrainian jets that’s were shot down, just as they did this morning, until they realized they had shot down a commercial airliner.
It’s crystal clear who is at fault here, the Russian-backed separatist were on a roll this week shooting down 3 planes, and thought they would go for a fourth. Unfortunately, they were dead wrong.