MH17 - Cataloging Ukrainian and Russian Buks

Last week Bellingcat published a piece by Iggy Ostanin, Images Show the Buk that Downed Flight MH17, Inside Russia, Controlled by Russian Troops, that linked the Buk missile launcher that appeared in photographs and videos from July 17th linked to the downing of MH17 to images of a Buk missile launcher that was part of a convoy travelling through Russia a few weeks earlier.

The purpose of this post is to collect as many examples of Russian and Ukranian Buks as possible, for the purposes of identifying any examples that have similar markings to those on the Buk seen in Russia and Ukraine. This is to establish whether or not the markings on the Buk identified by Bellingcat are as unique as we believe them to be.

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BUK without rails near Luhansk

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Compare the shape of the wheels

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This picture of a BUK TELAR '122' without rails was first published by rusvesna.ru on June 29th with the news that the Donetsk air defence unit A-1402 was raided. Original source unknown. http://rusvesna.su/sites/default/files/styles/orign_wm/public/w_56252ac7...

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Another example of a BUK TELAR without rails, uploaded to VK on July 19th, but photo location & date taken unknown. http://vk.com/wall169486041_541?z=photo169486041_335891307%2Falbum169486...

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Dent in the MH17 Buk

Highlighted by @mark24823687 on Twitter, the Buk in the Ukraine July 17th Paris Match photo and the Russian convoy videos has a dent on the metal above the treads at the same position. This, combined with the other markings that match, seems an extremely strong indication this is the same Buk in both the Russian convoy and from Ukraine on July 17th.

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About the markings on units

The numbers visible on the units are related to oversized cargo transportation on rails. The cyrillic 'H' stands for 'Негабаритность', which translates to 'oversized'. The four digits are indicators of oversize in different dimensions. The crosshair symbol is related, as illustrated in by this civilian transport. In some pictures a 'Цтгр' mark can be seen with the crosshairs, abbreviation for 'Центр тяжести груза' = 'center of gravity'.

More details in Russian Wikipedia.

Ukraine BUK TELARs 121 & 331

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The attached video uploaded Sept 20th has a 9S36 radar with similar color and same number ('122') as the report's video. It also has a TELAR numbered '121' and similar red/white/green camo, but only opposite side visible compared to report's video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ93SBmb13o

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I don't think this is the same '331' as in Update #9. Style of numbering and unit color don't seem to quite match.

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Four BUK TELARs, Horlivka in early March

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This seems to be a duplicate of this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwutmSUriE4
This is described as "Southeast (g.Soledar). That "Buk-M1" №312"

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The coloring of '332' matches the TELAR with same number in this video. Uploaded March 5th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btdg8e0NfWk

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This could be the same Ukr forces '321' TELAR in Slovyansk on July 4th. Note the bent rail. Photo by Dmitry Lovetsky/AP. http://hnonline.sk/sites/default/files/thumbnails/article/201407/slovian...

brownmoses_3

You'll note these all have rails next to the missiles the MH17 Buk misses

vp.kivimaki_17

The news item is dated March 6th, not 9th as indicated in the original report.

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Some higher quality pics of a few of these units here: http://www.06242.com.ua/news/489172

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VK album of Ukrainian BUK unit A1402 in Donetsk

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CORRECTION: Two pictures of a TEL/transloader numbered '113' in the album, also one of '133'.

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From 2010: TELAR numbered '122' in this photo. http://vk.com/photo-13319649_184644075

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BUK mobile command post on Aug 14th

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According to the original post by Andrew Roth, this picture is from Russia and unit headed towards Ukraine's border area.

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TELARs numbered 121 & 122 in Stary Oskol, July 30th

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Possible match for the BTR-80? (993) in that convoy http://bit.ly/XLjRFH
There are some Buk images on that VK profile as well.
Source: http://vk.com/id11087791

vp.kivimaki_17

These two have the same mark to the right of the number as the story's headline TELAR.

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Sidetrack: the first truck & load of the convoy look a lot like the first truck of this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0EF2_fJkA4

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There's another BUK TELAR in this video at 2:12, unit number "121".

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Can verify this is Stary Oskol, same route headed south as the Magnitsky BUK. https://www.google.fi/maps/@51.3164568,37.8918465,3a,75y,216.98h,80.89t/...

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Convoy June 24th

This convoy contains the same vehicles as the MH17 Buk, as well as numbers plates being visible for many of the vehicles in the convoy.

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Image of Buk 221 http://bit.ly/1uYgqb5 and truck 6757 AT 50 http://bit.ly/1tTF6lD
Source: http://vk.com/id72641934

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Some Buk images on this VK profile http://vk.com/photos2664450

The rest of the visible number plates.
9049 AH 50
8559 HC 50
0640 AH 50
9106 AH 50
8576 HC 50
9117 AH 50
9115 AH 50
9113 AH 50
8551 HC 50
8457 HC 50
9119 AH 50
6757 AT 50
6755 AT 50
6754 AT 50

77 AT 50 Towed

8942 HH 50
9068 AH 50
0439 AH 50
8507 HC 50 Ambulance
8448 HC 50

White bus

6758 AT 50
8523 HC 50

brownmoses_3

I've checked up to 2 minutes into the video
Buks visible
200
201
221
231

Visible number plates
0445 AH 50
0639 AH 50
335/87 AV/Y 50 - Buk 201 transport
3388 AY 50 - Buk 221 transport
3389 AY 50 - Buk 200 transport
6756 AY 50
8545 HC 50
8546 HC 50
8549 HC 50
8469 HH 50 - Buk transport, unmarked buk
9465 AT/Y 50 - Buk 231 transport

Screen grabs here http://imgur.com/a/myiny

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Buk's transported by train 16/07/2014 in Vladikavkaz

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Only one number is clearly visibly, 231, which is the same number of one of the Buk's in the convoy containing the MH17 Buk. However, as you can see in the following comparison the numbers are a different style, and the white symbol next to it is missing. It's likely each brigade uses the same numbers for it's own vehicles, and this is not the 53rd Brigade http://i.imgur.com/Iq9uCbr.jpg

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Russian convoy filmed June 24th

Convoy containing the Buk linked by Bellingcat to the Buk sighted in Ukraine.

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Numbered Buks in this video
201
211
212
223
231
232
x23
23x
3x2
Screengrabs of featured Buks
http://imgur.com/a/eLe4O
Only 3x2 has markings anything like the Ukraine Buk.

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Russian convoy filmed June 23rd

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Numbered Buks in this convoy
211
212
221
232
3x2
Screengrabs of featured Buks
http://imgur.com/a/baOJo
Only 3x2 has markings anything like the Ukraine Buk.

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Convoy containing the Buk linked by Bellingcat to the Buk sighted in Ukraine.