Monday, July 18 2016 11:40 EEST
Garry Kasparov: 'Remember today the 298 murder victims on flight MH17, shot out of the sky on July 17, 2014, by Russian forces invading Ukraine'
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Bellingcat claims Russia faked MH17 evidence to accuse Ukraine - according to Ukraine today

'Images, published by Russian Defense Ministry in July 2014, were 'so heavily manipulated that they lack any credibility as evidence', Bellingcat says - Ukraine today reports. 

On that ocassion, Garry Kasparov said: 

'Remember today the 298 murder victims on flight MH17, shot out of the sky on July 17, 2014, by Russian forces invading Ukraine. The murderers have gone unpunished and their leader remains unaccountable.

Putin's giant propaganda machine has made an industry of lies and accusations about MH17 (and I'm sure you will see many of them in the comments very soon!), but all the evidence points at what was logically understood the day of the attack. Today there should be no doubt whatreally happened and that Russia has worked very hard to cover up the truth—and that many leaders in the free world are helping with the cover-up to avoid taking any action.

When MH17 was shot down by Russian forces in Ukraine, many believed that it would be a turning point in the free world's apathy toward Putin's increasingly aggressive dictatorship. Surely this horror would not be ignored or covered up! Instead, it has only proved that the free world's leaders will do anything to avoid acknowledging the truth, anything to avoid admitting that their weakness has led to murder and ruin, anything to avoid standing up to a dictator who is therefore emboldened to strike again.

Sanctions over Putin's invasion and annexation of Crimea weren't nearly enough to deter him, as has been demonstrated in Ukraine and Syria—especially when many high officials in Europe and elsewhere talk constantly about appeasing Russia, lifting the sanctions, cooperation, etc. despite Putin making no concessions at all.

Remembering the victims is important, but unless there is action there will only be more innocent victims to come. Deterrence saves lives while appeasement costs lives. That is the principal lesson of MH17 and it is a terrible shame that we have to keep learning this lesson over and over again.'

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