MH 117 and Kerch

Nadin Brzezinski
5 min readOct 12, 2022

This is not a surprise. The Russian FSB is, of course, telling us that Ukraine blew up the Kerch bridge. The evidence they are presenting is kind of funny. They have a history of doing this.

First, the full article points fingers. It has the problems listed:

The FSB published an x-ray photo of the cargo that was being transported by a truck that exploded on the Crimean bridge. Why isn’t that truck in the photo?

The FSB of Russia has distributed a video of the inspection of the truck and an X-ray photograph of the cargo carried by the truck. Users on the Internet and some Telegram channels drew attention to the fact that different cars were in the frames. However, the fact that these are different machines follows from the initial message of the FSB, which was incorrectly interpreted by the telegram channels.

Details: According to the footage in the video, the middle axle of the truck has two pairs of wheels, while the x-ray shows that the car has only one pair of wheels on this axle. The position of the spare wheel also differs in the pictures.

▪️According to the official version, the cargo was transported by several trucks. After customs clearance, which took place in Yerevan, the cargo went to Russia by DAF car. In Armavir, he left the cargo at a wholesale depot, from where another car picked up the pallets with film (the brand of the car was not specified in the FSB report).

▪️ In the message of the RIA Novosti agency, which published the x-ray, it was written: “The video of the inspection of the truck carrying cargo with an explosive device and the photo of the contents of the truck at the customs post were published.” That is, probably, in the latter case, we are talking about an x-ray made back in Yerevan.

Context: The FSB on Wednesday morning announced the arrest of eight accomplices in the preparation of the terrorist attack on the Crimean bridge — five citizens of Russia and three citizens of Ukraine and Armenia. In total, at least 12 accomplices in the preparation of the explosion were identified, and, according to the service, its organizer is the head of military intelligence of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov.
Zelensky’s office previously denied involvement in the explosion on the Crimean bridge, explaining it by the confrontation…

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Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game. You can find me at CounterSocial, Mastodon and rarely FB