Thu Jan 9th, 2020 at 08:27:17 PM EST
END OF UPDATE
I had written a few posts about Ukraine flight -- CFM56 engine failures --
Early this morning in a Dutch newspaper I read of a suspicion that missile debris was found on the crash site. It was linked to a Ukrainian expert Oleksiy Danilev who leads a team of investigators and on their way to Tehran. In search who this person was, I found out the following:
Zelensky appoints Danilov as Secretary of National Defense Council
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Oleksiy Danilov as Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), having previously dismissed him from the office of NSDC Deputy Secretary. The respective decrees were published on the official website of the president.
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"Appoint Oleksiy Danilov as the Secretary of National Security and Defense Council," reads the presidential decree of October 3, 2019.
According to media reports, he was brought to Yusuchenko's headquarters by Mykhailo Brodsky, a link that ensured Danilov's promotion in the team of Yushchenko and Tymoshenko in 2004-2007 -- initially as Head of the Luhansk Oblast State Administration, then as MP from Batkivshchyna. That is why Danilov did not stay in Batkivshchynamuch longer after Brodsky broke up with it with a scandal in the late 2006: Danilov no longer featured as MP from this party after the Verkhovna Rada dissolution in 2007, nor did he hold any top positions in it.
Mykhailo Brodsky can hardly be seen as the ultimate beneficiary of Danilov's appointment to the National Security and Defense Council. It is well known that Brodsky has a long record of relations with Ihor Kolomoiskiy, the key spobsor of Zelenskiy. [Source: Ukrainian Week]
In 2005, Danilov headed the Luhansk Regional State Administration. He was also a Ukrainian parliamentarian of the 5th convocation (from May 2006 to November 2007).
Since December 2007, he has been working as a Deputy Director of the Institute for European Integration and Development.
On September 27, it was reported that Oleksandr Danyluyk wrote a letter of resignation. He prepared the proper letter addressed to the president before the beginning of the working visit of Volodymyr Zelensky to the U.S. for participation in 74th UN General Assembly. The Office of the President noted that Zelensky will consider the letter after return to Kyiv from America.
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One of the early reports I found was on an Ukrainian publication "112 Ukraine" which was found out to be linked to pro-Russian domestic politics and the party of Viktor Medvedchuk [h/t das monde].
In a matter of hours, this news was spread across Western media with headlines in The New York Times, France24 and good-old British The Guardian.
Many of the Ukrainian experts and Western reporters are MH-17 affiliated. From one conspiracy to the next ... just unbelievable.
Questions, diplomatic tensions plague investigators probing Ukrainian plane crash in Iran | France24 |
Ukrainian authorities on Thursday said they were considering several possible causes of Wednesday's plane crash near Tehran, which killed everybody on board. Iranian authorities have refused to send the black boxes of the Boeing 737 to the US, but are cooperating with their Ukrainian counterparts in the investigation.
Canada and the US have called for a full investigation into the crash. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would ensure a "thorough investigation" so that "Canadians' questions are answered".
Without naming Iran directly, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement calling for "complete cooperation with any investigation into the cause of the crash".
Iran's civil aviation chief, Ali Abedzadeh, said Iran would cooperate with Ukraine, but not send the black boxes to the US, with which it has had no diplomatic relations for four decades.
Fire on board the plane, say witnesses
Iranian authorities said the plane initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash.
"The plane disappeared from radar screens the moment it reached 8,000 feet (2,400 metres). The pilot sent no radio message about the unusual circumstances," the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization said on its website late Wednesday.
"According to eyewitnesses, a fire was seen on board the plane which grew in intensity," the organisation added, reporting the first findings of its investigation into the crash.
Reports of possible Russian missile debris
U.S. Officials Have `Confidence' Ukraine Airliner Shot Down | NY Times | by Anton Troianovski
KYIV, Ukraine -- Investigators will look into the possibility that a missile shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed in Iran, a senior Ukrainian official said on Thursday, but he did not rule out a range of other possibilities for the disaster that killed at least 176 people.
The official, Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said that investigators were following up on unconfirmed reports that fragments of a Russian-made Tor surface-to-air missile -- a system used by Iran -- had been found near where the plane came down.
Ukraine was negotiating with Iran to allow the investigators to search the crash site near Tehran for possible rocket fragments, he told Censor.net, a Ukrainian news outlet.
The possibilities of a terrorist act, a collision with an airborne object such as a drone, and an engine explosion were also being examined as potential causes of the crash, Mr. Danilov said on his Facebook page.
Ukraine brings unique experience to bear on the case: In 2014, after Russian-backed separatists took control of parts of eastern Ukraine, an antiaircraft missile that international investigators later said was Russian-made, shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 there, killing all 298 people aboard.
Tehran crash: plane downed by Iranian missile, western officials believe | The Guardian |
The Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday was accidentally shot down by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, western security officials believe.
Western intelligence sources told the Guardian that their assessment suggested two surface-to-air missiles had targeted the plane.
Western intelligence agencies are understood to have picked up signals of the missile launches, followed by the traces of an explosion. A British source said: "The assessment is that it looks like it is a tragic accident."
Separately, officials told US media they had identified the signature from an Iranian anti-aircraft missile battery being activated shortly before the aircraft crashed into countryside south-west of the Iranian capital, killing all on 176 on board. The officials also said they had identified the infrared signature from two suspected missile launches followed shortly afterwards by the infrared blip from the burning and fatally disabled aircraft.
I see very little coverage in Western media about the passengers and crew who lost their lives in this fatal accident. No one deliberately downs a passenger plane - with statistical 99.9% of incidents. Same with the Malaysian flight MH-17, there was no deliberate action to target a passenger aircraft.
Iran dismisses speculations Ukrainian flight taken down by missile | Press TV |
Mohammad Eslami said the Boeing 737-800 aircraft crashed after encountering a technical malfunction.
Eslami said Iran will not hand over the black boxes recovered from the crash site to Boeing or any other countries.
According to the minister, Iranian technicians and experts from the American aerospace company Boeing will recover data from the black boxes in Iran.
"There are rumors that a terrorist attack, explosion or shooting at the plane may have caused the incident, but they are not true. Technical failure has been the cause of the incident," Eslami said.
"Had the rumors been true, the plane must have exploded up in the air, but that has not happened, because the plane caught fire due to technical failure. That first caused its communications and control systems to stop working, and subsequently resulted in its crash."
These have been witnessed and confirmed by eyewitnesses as well, the minister said.
In Paris on Wednesday morning, the maker of the plane's engines, French-US firm CFM - co-owned by General Electric Co and France's Safran - said speculation regarding the cause was premature.
Under international rules, responsibility for investigating the crash lies with Iran. Iranian state television said both of the plane's black box voice and data recorders had been found.
The head of Iran's civil aviation organization said it was not clear which country Iran would send the black boxes to for analysis of the data, but it would not give them to Boeing.
It was Kiev-based Ukraine International Airlines' first fatal crash, and the carrier said it was doing everything possible to establish the cause.
Ukraine said it was sending a team of experts to Iran to investigate. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he had instructed Ukraine's prosecutor general to open criminal proceedings, without specifying who they would involve.
Iran's civil aviation chief dismisses reports of Ukrainian plane being hit by missiles
Earliest reports stipulated intelligence officials ruled out a terror attack, later was this repealed.
If I recall correctly, in the statement by GOP Senator Mike Lee of Utah, he too mentioned in the U.S. Congress the intelligence briefing, there was no evidence Ukrainian plane was downed by a rocket or missile.
Am I puzzled by these East-West conspiracies and propaganda. Geez, how I loved the certainties during Cold War 1.0 with Eisenhower, Khrushchev and Kennedy. At least many nations and peoples could live there lives, or not really with all the guerilla battles in the America's, Africa and South-East Asia. Not battling Islam, but Communism, an economic doctrine that was doomed to fail. Islamophobia is a greater danger for democracy.
Related reading, in the past, military have "accidentally" shot passenger planes out the sky ...
○ The mystery of Itavia Airlines DC-9 flight 870 - kept secret
○ The Death of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 - Boeing 707-321B
○ Ukraine admits missile may have downed Russian plane (2001) - Siberian Airlines Tupolev Tu-154M
○ USS Vincennes: Britain Helped the US Cover Up Its Own Plane Shooting Disaster