MH17 update: Unreleased video of crash site surfaces

A year after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine, a previously unreleased video of the crash site has surfaced.

The 17-minute footage, which was reportedly smuggled out of a rebel base in the Dontesk region and provided to News Corp Australia, appears to show Russian-backed rebels checking the belongings of passengers and crew.

Speaking in both Russian and Ukranian, the armed militia men are heard expressing shock after finding out that the wreckage and debris belong to a passenger plane.

The unit commander on site can be heard off camera saying they were informed that two aircrafts crashed—a passenger plane which was shot by a fighter jet (Sukhoi) that was, on the other hand, brought down by their weapon.

There has been speculation that Flight MH17 was shot down by the rebels using a ground-to-air missile system.

The commander asked where the Sukhoi was, which he himself answered: "There it is... the passenger plane."

He then ordered his men to bring the blackbox to his vehicle and instructed them to drive civilians away from the crash site.


The footage has been described as "sickening" and "disgusting" by officials of the countries concerned such as Australia and Malaysia.

But an international law expert reportedly called the new video as "a game changer," saying it is "enormously significant" in the investigation as those allegedly responsible for last year's crash that killed 298 people can be clearly identified.