Based on the intercepted conversation of Russian separatists, they shoot the commercial aircraft first (mistaken it for Ukrainian cargo aircraft Antonov AN-26) and only AFTER they shot it down, they identified it…
Here is the link to intercepted conversation, it is also clear they used Russian BUK system:
And here are more details – I want to highlight how separatists updated and removed the information about shootout from the social media:
And if you still don’t believe it and you think we are biased by anti Russian propaganda, check this: There exists automated web-site which creates snapshots of many Internet pages. It is called Way back machine on web.archive.org. As you can see the scene picture released on separatists social media site is the same as Malaysian fligth MH17. The only difference is that they mistaken it for Antonov AN-26:
So here is the snapshot:
So first they published it and then removed and now they lie saying it was done by Ukraine.
In summary it is clear that Russian separatists are lying and they should be made accountable for lives of 298 innocent civilians.