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    Pilot who Putin blamed for SHOOTING down flight MH17 found dead with gunshot wounds

    Reports say Captain Vladislav Voloshin, 29, was found dead at his home from a gun shot wound.
    Voloshin was a Su-25 pilot in the Ukrainian Air Force when the Boeing 777 was shot down on July 14, 2014 but always maintained he was the victim of a grotesque smear campaign by Russia, who are widely believed to be responsible.
    A murder probe has been launched by the Ukrainian authorities although initial reports suggest he took his own life and his wife and work colleagues reported that he had been feeling “depressed”.
    She also said that she heard gun shots and called police and an ambulance but a team of paramedics was unable to save his life.
    After the Russian accusations originally made in December 2014, Voloshin left the Ukrainian air force and became the acting director of Mykolayiv International Airport.
    A BBC documentary in 2016 highlighted the claims that MH17 was downed by a powerful surface-to-air Buk missile shot from pro-Russian rebel held territory, with Voloshin emphasising last year: “I did not shoot down the MH17 Boeing.
    “A former military mate of mine called (Evgeny) Agapov, a mechanical engineer, falsely gave evidence against me.”
    He added: “We did not carry out flights on July 17
    “The mechanic also says that three aircraft went out on a mission and I was the only one to return. But again this actually happened on the 23rd.
    “He said that the aircraft was carrying air-to-air missiles. There were no air-to-air missiles. I was carrying air-to-surface weapons for ground targets.”
    Russia had claimed Agapov was a credible witness from the Dnipropetrovsk air base, where both men served.
    Agapov alleged the Ukrainian captain went on a sortie armed with air-to-air missiles, and returned without them soon after the Boeing 777 was downed.
    After landing Voloshin was said to be ”scared”, muttering that the incoming aircraft – supposedly MH17 – “was in the wrong place at the wrong time”, he claimed.
    The Russian Investigative Committee, headed by Alexander Bastrykin, a former university classmate of Vladimir Putin, insisted that the witness has passed a polygraph test and his testimony was credible.
    Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, accused Moscow of using propaganda to “hide the crimes organised by the Russian Federation, including against civilians” in relation to flight MH17.
    He said: “A great deal of evidence, including data from satellite observation, has proved that terrorist groups controlled by the Russian military shot down the passenger aircraft.”
    They used “a Russian BUK surface-to-air-missile system”, he said.
    But Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said: ”The facts and information that the witness possessed and shared – clearly and without getting confused – convince the investigators that his testimony is truthful, something that, by the way, a polygraph test has confirmed.”
    He “personally” saw Voloshin’s warplane “loaded with R-60 type air-to-air missiles, with which Su-25 fighters were not normally equipped”.
    His aircraft returned without these missiles.
    Voloshin quit the Ukrainian air force in 2016 claiming that he could not afford to raise his two children on his service pay.
    Reports since his death said that he had admitted to feeling “suicidal”.
    Police said it was normal to launch a murder probe in such circumstance

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