Co-Responsible For MH17 Shot Down Identified, Private Investigative Group Says

Independent investigative groups Evroprostir and Bellingcat in their new reports said that it confirmed identity of a person and found a place of his residence, who helped to bring a BUK missile launcher for Russian-supported terrorist in Eastern Ukraine, who shot down the Malaysian airlines killing 283 including 27 Australian citizens. He himself denied his involvement in this operation.

Sergey Dubinsky, codename Khmuryi (Grumpy or Gloomy), the Russian Military Intelligence GRU officer, a veteran of Soviet and Russian wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, has been living in the Rostov region, nearby a provisional border of the Eastern Ukraine and Russian Federation from 2015, the Bellingcat Private Investigative Group established.

Dubinsky has been linked first time to codename Khmuryi by the Dutch media, after the Join Investigative Committee in September of 2016 published his telephone talks with pro-Russian terrorists, who transported BUK missile from Russia to Eastern Ukraine.

The Bellingcat report, which provides more evidence that Dubinsky in fact is Khmurny whose telephone talks were recorded, said that he was a colonel in July 2014, who served in the 22nd Spetsnaz Brigade, a unit connected to the ‘GRU’, the Main Intelligence Directorate.

Sergey Dubinsky was granted the higher rank of major general in the Donetsk People’s Republic in, apparently, August 2014, shortly after the downing of MH17, the authors of the report said.

“Bellingcat’s conclusion is that the man whose telephone was tapped by the Ukrainian Security Service on 17 July 2014, assuming the SBU correctly identified his voice and/or knew that the intercepted telephone number belonged to him and was thus involved in the transport of the Buk missile launcher that downed MH17 on the same date, is named Sergey Nikolaevich Dubinsky, nicknamed ‘Khmuryi,” the latest report of the investigative group said.

After BBC Russia reporter contacted Dubinsky via email he denied any involvement. “This is nothing more than an attempt to divert the investigation away from the fact that shots were fired from the Ukrainian BUK missile launcher”, Sergey Dubinsky said.

Dubinsky’s brother Roman, a citizen of Ukraine, a founder and CEO of Flora-engineering company, lives in Kiev, the Evroprostir group said. Authors of the report provided his past and current residential addresses in Ukraine.

Evroprostir investigative group acquired information about the Dubinsky during personal interviews with the inhabitants of the Ukrainian village Veleekaya Novosyelka nearby Donetsk where Sergei and Roman were born. And where Sergey had lived for few years until he joined pro-Russian terrorists in Donetsk. Bellingcat gathered its information through the cyber investigations including detailed analysis of social accounts and email addresses of the man whom the Dutch media linked to ‘Khmurny’.

Both investigative groups will provide this new evidence to the Joint Investigative Committee.