On July 17, 2014, 15 minutes after Malaysia Airlines’ Boeing 777 took off from the Schiphol Polder runway, a trailer equipped with BUK surface-to-air missiles thousands of miles away drove into the Ukrainian town of Snizhne. These two things are irrelevant and would not have attracted attention, but they will not happen in 2014.
Only a few hours later, Snizhne and the Netherlands were in contact forever. If it wasn’t for that deadly missile, who would have heard of this small village? In our brains, will we leave the ghost symbol of sunflowers in the wild? Will we know what North is?
An hour later, MH17 with 298 passengers headed to Kuala Lumpur because the trailer with Buk was parked in a field south of Snizhne. The missile will be used in wars where separatists backed by Russia fight against Ukrainian government forces. Separatists have a history of shooting down fighter jets. As these aircraft fly higher and higher, heavy artillery with greater range is required.
There were 160 scheduled flights flying high above the sky that day. Too high for daily engagements, but within the scope of the new weapons just delivered.
Hundreds of intercepted conversations described in detail the situation at the time, the quarrel, the battlefield of the current war, the original reality of the war, and the ambition to cause harm to the Ukrainian Air Force.