Until now, videos, photographs and accounts from residents have pointed to a BUK battery being delivered to the rebel-held town of Snizhne, 7 km north of Chervonyi Zhovten, on July 17, and then driven away from the area some time later. Its precise location at the time the plane was shot down has never been confirmed.
Now one of the villagers has told Reuters that a missile battery was positioned in a field near Chervonyi Zhovten on the day the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed to earth. A former rebel fighter corroborated this.
[At the end of the article, the author quotes “a former rebel”, Igor, who “told Reuters that a BUK battery was in Chervonyi Zhovten on July 17… Igor said the battery’s mission was to discourage Ukrainian Su-25 ground attack jets from attacking separatist targets in the area. A BUK missile had been launched against the Ukrainian jets half an hour before the Malaysia Airlines Boeing came down, forcing the Ukrainian pilots to pull out”. This story may explain why the separatists believed they had shot down a SU jet (see the post on their arrival to the crash site).]In the scenario I describe, Ukr Buk launched the missile soon after the launch of the Rus Buk missile, targeting the first passenger plane in the sky. Thus, both sides have what to hide. In the case of Russia, it is not necessary that it supplied Buk – we remember that American and European intelligence did not see the transfer of Buks across the border. But Russia might have sent a crew to handle Buk captured from the Ukrainian base and might have provided TAR support across the border.]
Just for brevity, let’s name them Rus Buk and Ukr Buk. While Rus Buk was stationed near Pervomaisk or Chervonyi Zhovten, Ukr Buk was stationed further south, somewhere near Saurovka, a small village near Saur-Mogila. Several witnesses mention Saurovka or Saur-Mogila as the perceived location from where the missile was launched. (For instance, see quotes of two witnesses in the post “Two new Buk sightings and a new account of the missile trail”).