Russia is trying to shift the blame of the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 by releasing a satellite image of what they is a Ukrainian fighter jet shooting it down.
The image shows a fighter jet firing an air-to-air missile moments before impact. However many people are claiming that the picture is a forgery.
The flight that crashed on July 17th killing all 283 people on board was originally thought to have been shot down by pro-Russian separatists using a ground-to-air missile system (you might remember the picture below).
But Russia is labelling the satellite image as “conclusive proof” that it was Ukraine that shot down the plane.
The photo, apparently sourced from a Western satellite, showed flight MH17 in the same frame as a military jet, which appears to have fired an air-to-air missile.
However users of the website Bellingcat.com are pointing out inconsistencies with what we already know and what the satellite image shows.
For example, some say the aircraft in the image is a Boeing 767 and not the 777. Apparently the silhouette of the fighter jet in the image does not match the silhouette of Ukrainian military aircraft that Russia says was involved.
L: blurry image of fighter Russia says shot MH-17. R: Su-25 outline, which Russia says shot MH-17 not even consistent pic.twitter.com/YF34fnqtz1
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Bellingcat users claim that the satellite image is in fact a mash-up of different photos based on evidence like the clouds in the photo, are identical to clouds in a 2012 Google Earth image.
Apparently the Malaysian Airlines logo is on the wrong part of the plane amongst other inconsistencies that do not match the 777 design. Some are claiming that by typing in ‘Boeing from above’ in Russian into Google brings up the same image. Try it, “Boeing сверху.” We think it’s that first picture you want to be looking at.
Play this GIF to see the comparison:
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In the original report, vice president of Russian Engineers Union, Ivan Adrievskiy, said: “We see a photograph taken from space from a low orbit. Usually such images are taken for the sake of general reconnaissance of the air and the ground.
“The coordinates of the photograph mean we can suppose that the image was taken by an American or British satellite.
“We have studied this picture in detail and did not find any sign proving it to be fake.”
Well Mr. Adrievskiy the internet begs to differ, but what do you think?