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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Newly-Available Photos of MH17 Shoot-Down, and Interview with Eyewitness by Olaf Koens of RTL Nieuws
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Olaf Koens Interviews Photographer Who Says His Photographs Prove Buk Missile Shot Down MH17

The blogger@DajeyPetros from Ukraine@War has translated from the Dutch original the interview by Olaf  Koens we reported on earlier today:

Interview with Eyewitness Who Made Photo of Buk Trail

He also found a video of the first minutes of Koens' video published on

Dec 23, 2014 07:15 (GMT)
The Interpreter has a translation from the Russian, combined from part of the interview posted at, and part from

"When I photographed that white streak, I didn't attach any significance to all of that right away, for me it was, well, just a white streak, going from the horizon upwards there, and then it breaks up in the clouds. It was only a little bit later that it became clear what that was."

"At 16:20 that is, 20 minutes after 4:00 pm, we heard an explosion. At first there was one explosion, well, one that wasn't very strong, big. Then about 15 seconds or so later, there was a second explosion, such an explosion that oh, the windows rattled."

The man is giving the Kiev time, which is one hour earlier than Moscow time. (Col. Igor Strelkov's dispatch was at 17:50, Moscow time).

The article has an additional photo that has been made available by the photographer, which has been enhanced to make the plume of smoke stand out:


The photo is very similar to the photo circulated after the July 17 crash which was geolocated by Ukraine@War at the time:


@DajeyPetros Actually the comment "where farmer tried to put out fire" was about this image.
— NaNumber (@cmsNetherlands) December 23, 2014

In November, we analyzed a video that was found by Komsomolskaya Pravda and a longer video published by AP, and reviewed two other videos showing the plumes of smoke after the crash, and found that villagers mentioned that "a rockets was fired," and that "a guy had launched a rocket."

Did Those Who Took First Videos Of MH17 Wreckage Know The Plane Was Hit By Anti-Aircraft Missiles?