US: Russia’s photos over MH17 plane preposterous

US: Russia’s photos over MH17 plane preposterous

Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:51AM GMT

The United States says newly-released photos by Russia claiming that a Ukrainian military jet targeted Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are “preposterous.”

The US State Department said Moscow was trying to “obfuscate the truth and ignore ultimate responsibility for the tragic downing of MH17.”

Washington once again urged Moscow to “grant unfettered access for international investigators to the crash site.”

Russian state media released satellite images purportedly showing a MiG-29 fighter jet firing a missile at the MH17.

The passenger plane from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was travelling over Ukraine when it disappeared from radar.

A total of 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members were killed in the incident.

The satellite images aired on Russian Channel One Friday appeared to show the jet firing a missile at the plane in July.

According to the media outlet, the photos were sent to a Russian expert by a man called George Beatle, a graduate from the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Western officials accuse pro-Russian forces of hitting the plane.

Russia has repeatedly said it believed the aircraft was destroyed by a Ukrainian military jet.

In an article published by Press TV, American political commentator Gordon Duff argued that the United States and Britain had these photos for months, but withheld them in order to hide Kiev’s culpability.

“In fact, for months, the preponderance of evidence has indicated that the downing of MH17 was done by Kiev as an act of false flag terrorism, one of many during the conflict,” he wrote.