For the first time, evidences of the surreptitious involvement of Moscow over the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines plane MH17 has come forward with eyewitnesses saying that a BUK missile System was seen in the area being operated by people speaking "pure Russian accent."
Speaking in BBC's Panorama, three eyewitnesses gave never heard accounts of independently witnessing Russian-speaking officials, wearing the same dress worn by the separatist leaders, operating the BUK in the area only hours before the ill-fated MH17 aircraft was shot down.
The crew operating the missiles spoke with pure Russian accent, which is different from what is spoken by the local people there, although they also speak Russian, the witnesses told the British news channel.
One eyewitness was also cited as saying that he saw the missile-launcher roll off a low-loader at Snezhnoye, which is located only ten miles from the crash site, at around 1:30 pm local time, somewhere around the same time when the jet was downed.
"We just saw it being offloaded and when the BUK started its engine the exhaust smoke filled the whole town square," he said. The reported sightings of the Russian men operating the Missile just around the time when the plane was downed, in exactly the same location, has come as a convincing proof that Russia was involved in this disaster.
The Kremlin had passed the buck to Ukraine saying that the missile that hit MH17 was from a Ukrainian fighter jet, while the Pro-Russian rebels had denied any possession of a BUK. However, photographs and videos released by the US suggested that Russia was involved.
One of the unnamed eyewitnesses also laid out his reasons why the crew struck him as Russian soldiers: "Well-disciplined, unlike the rebels, and not wearing the standard Ukrainian camouflage uniform sported by government and rebel troops alike."
"They had pure Russian accents. They say the letter 'g' differently to us," he stressed.
A second eyewitness also confirmed the former's testimony saying that an officer in a military jeep escorting the BUK, spoke with a Muscovite accent. The report comes as a first convincing evidence to West's claims that thousands of Russian soldiers had infiltrated into East Ukraine to form Kremlin's 'Ghost Army', tilting the military balance heavily in favour of the rebels.