Russian TV claims it has photo of downing of MH17

Russian television has released a satellite photograph that it claims shows a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down MH17.

By: Associated Press | Moscow | Published: November 15, 2014 11:22 pm
The site of the crash in Ukraine. (Source: AP) The site of the crash in Ukraine. (Source: AP)

Russian state television has released a satellite photograph that it claims shows that a Ukrainian fighter jet shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. However, commentators have dismissed the photo as a fake.

All 298 people aboard the Boeing 777 were killed when it was shot down July 17 over a rebel-held area of Ukraine. Ukraine and the West have blamed the attack on Russia-backed rebels.

The photo released yesterday by Russia’s Channel One and Rossiya TV stations purportedly shows a Ukrainian fighter plane firing an air-to-air missile in the direction of the MH17.

The channels said they received the photo in an email. Several bloggers said the photograph is a forgery, citing a cloud pattern to prove the photo dates back to 2012 and several other details that seem incongruous.

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