A Ukrainian-Canadian monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who arrived at the scene while the MH17 plane’s wreckage was still smoking and stayed to help organize, described evidence of seeming machine gun fire and none of a ground-to-air missile attack.
He did so in a CBC interview with Susan Ormiston aired July 29. Ormiston asked him directly about evidence of a missile attack. Michael Bociurkiw’s response lasts from 6:01 t0 6:40 in this 8-minute video. I quote his response verbatim:
There have been two or three pieces of fuselage that have been really pock marked. It almost looks like machine gun fire – very very strong machine gun fire that has left these unique marks that we haven’t seen anywhere else. We’ve also been asked for example, have we seen any examples of missile – well, no we haven’t. That’s the answer. And even if it was there we don’t have those trained eyes to pick that up…
Judging by the way the video was edited, Ormiston’s crew were interested in continuing to present this horrible tragedy in a way that would cause public outrage and continue to fuel the fires of hatred of Putin’s Russia. Shoes, childrens’ books, toys, notes-to-self, travel guides etc. etc…. This they probably succeeded in achieving.
Ironically, however, the video also shows – in the short statement by Michael Bociurkiw on “machine gun” evidence – that there may be some truth to the theory that MH17 was brought down by one or two Ukrainian fighter jets.