The Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (GRU) is reporting today that within 5-minutes of President Putin warning his US counterpart, President Obama, that “war games” being carried out by NATO member Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) forces over Romania could lead to a “potential catastrophe”,Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was destroyed over the eastern conflict region of Ukraine.
According to this report, Putin was in flight during his call to Obama returning to Moscow aboard his presidential aircraft from Brazil when he was notified that there were a number of “critical radar anomalies” occurring overEUROCONTROL zones in Central Europe.
EUROCONTROL, which boasts that it has a “unique approach to civil-military aviation coordination in Europe”, this report says, is solely responsible for determining civil aircraft flight paths over European airspace and had previously, along with NATO forces, been accused by Slovakian authorities of being a part of the massive radar blackouts occurring over Central Europe between 5-10 June causing planes to disappear from their air traffic controllers screens.
Even though the Slovak state Air Traffic Services company said that the disappearance of these planes from radar screens was connected to a military exercise whose goal was “the interruption of radio communication frequencies”, this report continues, NATO denied being involved stating that their AWACS surveillance aircraft that had been flying regular missions over Europe to monitor Russian activities near Ukraine and did not have a radar jamming capability.
This GRU report, however, states that NATO was being “highly deceptive” in their denial as no one had identified, indeed even mentioned, AWACS aircraft as being a part of the June radar blackouts over the heart of Europe, but instead had named NATO-RCAF CF-18 Hornets based in Romania as potentially being the cause.
The RCAF CF-18 Hornets belong to the 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron and began arriving in Romania in the days prior to the 5-10 June where they began engaging in “highly provocative war games”, this report says, which included electronic jamming of civilian flight radars.
So “provocative” have RCAF pilots been, GRU experts in this report note, last week they were tasked by NATO to begin “direct confrontations” along the Russia border with Lithuania against Russian Air Force pilots beginning in August.
As to why the RCAF has been so “provocative” in their war games over Romania-Ukrainian skies, this report says, is “directly related” to the ongoing controversy in Canada relating their intended purchase of US F-35 fighter jets as opposed to upgrading their current CF-18’s into what are called Super Hornets.
Specifically being tested by RCAF CF-18 Hornets over Romania and Ukraine since early June, GRU experts inthis report further states, were those aircraft having completed the Incremental Modernization Project Phase IIwhich equipped them with an Integrated Electronic Warfare Support Station and what is called the Electronic Warfare Test Equipment Project.
Now upon Putin being advised yesterday of the “critical situation” over Ukraine relating to these RCAF “war games”, this report says, he immediately contacted Obama where he related to him the “grave consequences”that could occur if these “activities” weren’t immediately halted.
Specifically concerning Putin, which this report says was also related to Obama, was the 3 July accusation by Ukraine that three helicopters bearing the markings of the Russian armed forces had violated Ukrainian airspace several times.
Five days later, on 8 July, the Ukrainian State Aviation Service announced that they shut down their airspace in the southeast of the country, but curiously further stated it would “remain closed to civilian aircraft for security reasons with the exception of transit flights at altitudes of above 7,900 m until the situation fully normalizes”.
Following their 8 July airspace shutdown, this report continues, the Defense Ministry warned that Ukrainian battalions of 27 Buk-M1 missile systems able to hit targets across the entire altitude range were then deployed near the city of Donetsk in the region where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was destroyed.
Important to note about the Buk missile system, this report says, is that its technological sophistication seriously impacts its battlefield use as this weapon as used in a battalion consists of a command vehicle, a target acquisition radar (TAR) vehicle, six transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicles and three transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicles.
As to the exact and tragic destruction of Malaysia Airlines MH17 yesterday, this report concludes, the “electronic war games” being conducted by the RCAF in some way altered the course of this civilian plane [photo bottom left] putting it on a flight path it had never taken before in its previous 10 flights to the Russian Air Base in Morozovsk located in the Rostov Oblast close to the border with Ukraine, and which in normalized times was the accepted route to this destination for Russian military flights.
To if the Ukrainian forces working in concert with the RCAF deliberately attempted to confuse the radar of what they believed was a Russian military flight causing it to over fly this conflict region this report doesn’t say. But then again, with the world being the way it is, anything is possible.