“We Just Shot Down A Plane” — Jet Downed by Russians?

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On Fox News, we read:

Intercepted phone calls purportedly between Russian military intelligence officers and members of a pro-Russian separatist group that appear to capture the moment the rebels realized the plane they shot down was a civilian passenger plane could be the smoking gun that helps prove Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed Ukraine by the insurgents.

The tapes were released by SBU, Ukraine’s security agency, and transcript was published in the Kiev Post. It appears to capture the chaotic moments after the plane was shot down — and the realization that it was a passenger plane rather than a Ukrainian transport plane, which had been targeted in recent days by the Russia-backed separatists.

“We have just shot down a plane,” says a man the SBU identified as Igor Bezler, a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. 

That call came just 20 minutes after the crash and was placed to a person identified by Ukraine’s SBU as a colonel in the main intelligence department of the general headquarters of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Vasili Geranin, according to Ukraine security officials.

According to the phone call, the Russian Separatist who may have shot down the plan were in denial:

In a third intercepted conversation released by the SBU — which the agency says took place about 40 minutes after insurgents seemed to realize they had shot down a civilian plane — Cossack commander Nikolay Kozitsin tells an unidentified separatist that the fact the Malaysia Airlines plane was flying over the combat zone likely meant it was carrying spies.

“That means they were carrying spies,” Kozitsin allegedly says. “They shouldn’t be [expletive] flying. There is a war going on.”

I must say, that is curious indeed. I echo Kozitsin’s sentiment. What kind of commercial pilot decides it’s a good idea to fly over a war zone? Somebody really fouled up in vectoring that flight path.

The international community will likely condemn the separatist Russians for downing the jet. Honestly though, I really gotta stick it to whoever was responsible for vectoring a civilian jet over a war zone where military aircraft are already being shot down. What kind of idiot made that decision? When anti-aircraft turrets and SAM missiles are popping off in a given area, you don’t take a leisurely flight through that territory; you stay the hell away.

 

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