MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday questioned Western media reports on the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine based on alleged eyewitnesses.
"What was published by the Reuters news agency, a reputed and respected media outlet, looks very much like, you know, what is called a hoax. There are some eyewitnesses who contradict each other and say things that sound bizarre to any expert, for example, a zigzagging missile, separating stages, a trail of blue smoke," he said.
At the same time, Lavrov said, Western media ignore officially documented information from eyewitnesses previously obtained by Russian media and investigators, including those indicating the presence of a Ukrainian military jet in the vicinity of the doomed flight.
In July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Boeing flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in war-torn eastern Ukraine's Donbas region, killing all 298 people on board. The plane broke up in the air after being hit by multiple objects from outside the airframe, according to a September 2014 preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board, the leading investigator of the accident.
A final investigation report is expected to be published by the Dutch Safety Board by mid-2015. Meanwhile, Kiev forces and pro-independence supporters of Donbas have accused each other of the tragedy.
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