As WND reports:
The Pentagon has expressed doubts that the missile was launched by the Ukrainian military and hinted strongly that the Buk, known by NATO as the SA-11 Gadfly, that hit the Boeing 777 came from Russian separatists, who have been taught by Russia how to use the weapon.
An example of the Buk Missile, HT Wiki
MH-17 was carrying people of various nationalities from Amsterdam with an intended destination of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The jetliner was over the war zone in eastern Ukraine, at an altitude of about 33,000 feet, when it apparently disintegrated.
Wreckage of the aircraft and the bodies of the victims were strewn over a nine-mile long area, reports said.
In its analysis of the tragedy, the Pentagon said the Buk missile is capable of reaching up to 72,000 feet. The U.S. intelligence community now is in the process of determining the missile’s trajectory to identify the exact location from which it was fired.
The finger pointing at Russian separatists comes at least partly because of the downing of a Ukrainian military cargo plane from Russian territory close to the border where there has been fighting with pro-Russian rebels.
In addition, Russian separatists also bragged about downing a Ukrainian jet fighter just days before.Horrible -- and Mr Putin has some serious explaining to do. END
And the separatists, in an initial social media account – later removed – claimed to have recently captured a Buk surface-to-air missile system.