The majority of Russians still do not believe Russia and the separatists of the Donbass involved in the crash of MH17
After the publication of the report of the international investigation team preliminary results of the investigation of the causes of the disaster Boeing over the Donbas the majority of Russians still don’t consider involved in the collapse of the separatists and Russian special services. Many believe that the published data by investigators not entail any consequences.
Half (50%) of Russians believe that the attack on MH17, most likely, was a Ukrainian army or intelligence services, showed a survey of the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion. Only 4% of respondents put responsibility for the tragedy on “the militia and self-defense units of the people’s republics of Eastern Ukraine” (in the formulation of VTSIOM). And only 1% of respondents sees the collapse of the liner blame the Russian army and special services. In addition, 14% blamed for the disaster for Western intelligence agencies, and 8% – for the terrorists not related to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
On the preliminary findings of the international investigation team heard 64% of Russians. However, 34% don’t know anything about the publication of the report.
About a fifth (21%) of respondents believe that the investigators collected information will not lead to any consequences, 40% found it difficult to forecast. Only 37% of respondents do not exclude negative consequences for Russia. Of these, 14% believe that the findings of the Commission on investigation of accident can result in tougher sanctions against Russia, 6% stated about a possible military conflict.
The poll was conducted among 1,600 respondents on 1-2 October 2016 by telephone interviews. The sample was based on the complete list of phone numbers involved in the territory of the Russian Federation. Data weighted for probability of selection and socio-demographic parameters. To fetch the maximum size of the error with 95% probability does not exceed 2.5%.
A similar survey was conducted a year after the crash of the Boeing over Donbass. Then, 44% of respondents blamed for the crash of the Ukrainian military, another 41% were blamed for the tragedy on the Ukrainian leadership is continuing a military operation in the Donbass. The United States accused at 17 percent. Only 2% of the respondents are guilty Russia to help Ukrainian separatists with weapons and trained military personnel.
In the course of a surveyconducted a few days after the disaster, 82% of respondents blamed Ukraine: 46% of them believed that the plane was shot down from the ground Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile complex, 36% felt that Boeing was shot down by a Ukrainian plane. Donbass militias blamed for what happened, only 3% of respondents 2% did not exclude the version of act of terrorism. Only 1% of respondents suggested that tragedy is guilty of the Russian military.
The position of Russia about the collapse of the liner in the Donbas gradually changed over the past two years. Earlier in the TFR insisted on the version that Boeing was shot down by a Ukrainian aircraft, then later the specialists of the Russian concern “Almaz-Antey” has come to the conclusion that the aircraft fired the missile from the land – from the territory of the settlement zaramensky, allegedly controlled at that time the Ukrainian armed forces.
An international investigation team to investigate the crash Boeing 777 “Malaysian airlines” (flight MH17) at the Donbass July 17, 2014 28 September, presented a preliminary report on the investigation of the disaster. The investigators concluded that the plane was shot down by a missile anti-aircraft missile complex “Buk”, which was taken from the territory of the Russian Federation. The point from which the rocket was launched, called the field under the Ukrainian village of Pervomayskaya, which was in July, under the control of the separatists self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s Republic.
It was also shown of record on July 16-17 intercepted telephone conversations separatists in which they discussed the delivery of Buka and a missile launch site. In addition, the investigators checked the version of “Almaz-Antey” on the run from the village of zaroshchens’ke, but found no such start-up. In addition, according to the investigator’s group, zaroshchens’ke, too, were controlled by Pro-Russian separatists.
Passenger Boeing 777 EN route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed on 17 July 2014 in 80 kilometers from Donetsk, near the village of Snow. All aboard the plane people – 298 people – died. Most of the victims were Dutch nationals.