Almaz-Antey claims irrefutable proof that Ukraine possesses Buk-M1

Almaz-Antey Concern has proof that the Ukrainian Armed Forces possess Buk-M1 missiles of the type that shot down the Malaysian Boeing.

Almaz-Antey Concern has proof that the Ukrainian Armed Forces possess Buk-M1 missiles of the type that shot down the Malaysian Boeing.

"We have irrefutable proof that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have missiles of this type," Concern General Director Yan Novikov has told reporters on June 2.

He said the concern was making pre-contract preparations in 2005 to extend the service life of those missiles in Ukraine. "The Ukrainian Armed Forces had 991 missiles at that moment," Novikov added.

The concern does not rule out other theories of the Malaysian Boeing crash than a Buk-M1 missile, he said.

"We do not rule out other theories," Novikov replied to a question whether the Boeing might have been hit by a plane. "We only say that if the Boeing was downed with an air defense missile, it could be only Buk-M1 and this type of missile," he underlined.

Concern specialists said earlier that, according to their study, the Boeing might have been downed with a 9M38M1 missile, a type of missile possessed by the Ukrainian army.

The Buk-M1 exploded 3-4 meters from the airplane's outer casing, closer to the left side of the cockpit, Mikhail Malyshevsky, an advisor to the general director of Almaz-Antey, has added.

"The warhead exploded no more than 3-4 meters from this place," Malyshevsky told, when commenting on photographs from the company's report detailing the results of its investigation into the last year's air crash.

These photographs can also be found in the international mission's preliminary report, he said.

"They were among the pieces of evidence proving that the plane was shot down by high-velocity strike elements of a missile," he added.

The nose of the airplane was affected the worst by the explosion, mainly the cockpit's left side and roof, as well as the left wing and the left engine, Malyshevsky said.     

 

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