Sergey Dubinsky, 54, a retired Russian colonel, confessed by way of a pal that he was accountable for shifting a Buk surface-to-air missile system into place earlier than it was used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines airplane in 2014.
But Serhiy Tiunov, a pro-Ukrainian who took Dubinsky’s confession, says the colonel denies being personally accountable – as an alternative blaming the ‘b******* from Moscow.’
Serhiy Tiunov (proper) says his pal Sergey Dubinsky (left), a retired Russian colonel, has admitted to shifting a missile launcher into place earlier than it shot down MH17
But Tiunov (pictured) mentioned Dubinsky denied pulling the set off himself and as an alternative blamed ‘the b******* in Moscow’ for the attack which killed 298 harmless individuals
Tiunov, a pro-Ukrainian army chief who fought with Dubinsky in Afghanistan, advised Novaya Gazeta that he now fears his pal shall be killed to maintain the identities of those that launched the missile a secret.
Everyone on board the airplane, 298 passengers and crew, had been killed after it was shot out of the sky. It is assumed Russian-backed rebels fired at it after mistaking it for a Ukrainian army airplane.r
Ukrainian secret companies confirmed shortly after the incident that they’d intercepted audio from Russian army channels of a identified Red Army commander ordering a missile system into place earlier than the strike.
Dubinsky aka Khmury (Grumpy) had already been unmasked as the person behind that voice, however Wednesday’s feedback mark his first vital account of the incident.
Tiunov (rear) says he believes Dubinsky (left) is aware of the identities of those that gave the order, and fears for his pal’s life
At the time, he was head of army intelligence for the self-proclaimed and pro-Putin Donestsk People’s Republic.
During the battle in Ukraine, Dubinsky and Tiunov had met a number of occasions, and the colonel had freed various Ukrainian troopers captured by the rebels.
Tiunov mentioned: ‘I couldn’t keep calm (and I advised him) it’s you who hit the Boeing passenger airplane like gangsters!
‘I noticed the expression on his face and felt that he was harm, and took it very personally.
‘He mentioned: “You think I did it myself?”
‘Then he pointed his finger on the heavens and mentioned: “It was done by b******* from Moscow!’
‘It was hard for him to talk about it, he had to make excuses. He is a military man after all, not a gangster.
‘It was clear for me, he understood that he was linked to it and that he was partly guilty in the death of civilians.
‘So he quickly ended our conversation.’
The revelation – if true – destroys the Kremlin’s version that the plane was shot down by Ukrainian forces, and suggests a Moscow cover-up to hide the truth.
This Russian claim had already been rejected by an international probe into the disaster, but would mark the first denial from a source close to the Kremlin.
Tiunov said Dubinsky’s confession came when he confronted his friend over the missile launch, accusing him of being a ‘gangster’
If Tiunov’s comments are accurate, it marks the first time Dubinsky has admitted his role in the MH17 disaster, and the first time a source close to Moscow has admitted Kremlin involvement
Tiunov said of Dubinsky: ‘He was neither a b******, nor a rat. I know this.
‘Such people just don’t survive in intelligence. He was fighting in Donbass (eastern Ukraine) as a soldier.
‘Yes, probably, he received a criminal command from his commander.
‘But I am 100 per cent sure – if he had known that it was a passenger plane, and if he had controlled the launch of the missile, he would have never chosen to kill civilians.
‘What’s more, this is what I heard from him in person: “It was carried out by b******* from Moscow!’
‘And now he’s pictured as probably the most responsible man. I do not settle for this.’
He said: ‘He is a key witness, however he isn’t a assassin.
‘And he’s my pal. I need him to remain alive. I imagine he didn’t press the button of that Buk, he solely coordinated its actions.’
In complete 298 individuals died within the air catastrophe in 2014. It is assumed Russian-backed militants fired on the plane, pondering it was a Ukrainian army airplane
The secret radio chatter that implicated Dubinsky
Independent evaluation by Swedish consultants confirmed that the excessive likelihood that it’s Dubinsky’s voice (D) that may be heard in conversations intercepted by the Ukrainian SBU secret service.
One dialog with a person nicknamed Buryat (B), went as follows.
On 17 July 2014 they mentioned the place to place the Buk advanced that might later be used to shot down MH17.
B ~ the place we could load this magnificence?
D ~ which one? This one?
B ~ the one I’ve introduced. I’m already in Donetsk (in jap Ukraine)
D ~ this ~ is what I’m excited about, proper? The one known as M?
B ~ yes-yes-yes, Buk, Buk.
D ~ and he or she is up there, on a tractor truck?
B ~ sure~ we should unload it someplace, so as to conceal.
D ~ is it with a crew?
B ~ sure, with a crew.
D ~ do not conceal it wherever. It will quickly go there – I’ll say now the place it has to maneuver. It will associate with Vostok tanks.