Newscast Media MOSCOW—The Russian military detected a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet gaining
height towards the MH17 Boeing on the day of the catastrophe. Kiev must
explain why the military jet was tracking the passenger airplane, the
Russian Defense Ministry said.
"A Ukraine Air Force military jet
was detected gaining height, its distance from the Malaysian Boeing was
3 to 5km," said the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the HQ
of Russia's military forces, Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov
speaking at a media conference in Moscow on Monday.
like to get an explanation as to why the military jet was flying along a
civil aviation corridor at almost the same time and at the same level
as a passenger plane," he stated.
"The SU-25 fighter jet can gain
an altitude of 10km, according to its specification," he added. "It's
equipped with air-to-air R-60 missiles that can hit a target at a
distance up to 12km, up to 5km for sure."
The presence of the
Ukrainian military jet can be confirmed by video shots made by the
Rostov monitoring center, Kartopolov stated.
At the moment of the
MH17 crash an American satellite was flying over the area of eastern
Ukraine, according to Russia's Defense Ministry. It urged the US to
publish the space photos and data captured by it.Add