A newly-released amateur video purports to show the immediate aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine.
An amateur video obtained by Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda appears to show the village of Rassipnoye in eastern Ukraine in the immediate aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17.
The video, which an editor at the paper said was obtained from a resident of the village and shot on a mobile phone, shows people running towards the crash site as smoke billows. Reuters could not independently verify the authenticity of the video, which was posted on Komsomolskaya Pravda’s website.
The video shows some residents running with buckets and pails toward the smoke. An interim report published in September, which was based on data from the aircraft’s black box recorders, photographic and radar evidence, and satellite imagery, said the Boeing 777 was brought down by “high energy objects” in its vicinity — consistent with an attack from the air or the ground.
Two-hundred ninety eight people, two thirds of them Dutch citizens, were killed. Dutch authorities are leading both the air accident and criminal investigations into the downing of MH17, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.