Defense Ministry: Kyiv not received from Moscow anti-aircraft missiles from the Buk missile system since 1991
MOSCOW, may 25. /TASS/. Russia did not supply the Ukraine no new anti-aircraft missile systems “Buk” since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This is stated in the official statement of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation, extended on Friday.
“At the same time since the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the subsequent division of military property in Ukraine, received the property about twenty battalions of Buk missile system, there were no new anti-aircraft missiles,” — said in the message.
The Ministry also said that the missile, a fragment of which was one of the arguments to accuse Russia of involvement in the crash of the Boeing Ukraine in 2014, could not belong to the Armed forces of Russia, since all missiles of this year were scrapped in 2011.
“One of the arguments of the investigators about the alleged possible involvement of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation to the tragedy is shown at a press conference, the surviving engine covering anti-aircraft missile complex “Buk”… Applied to a rocket engine serial number clearly indicates that this machine was made in 1986 in the Soviet Union”, — said in a statement received by TASS.
“The deadline of operation of the rocket engine which was demonstrated by the Dutch Commission on Thursday, was the year 2011… after which all the rockets this year have been withdrawn, decommissioned and disposed of. However, all this of course refers exclusively to Russian air defense units, receiving and receiving necessary and serviceable missiles from a single manufacturer, also located in Russia”, — stressed in the defense Ministry.