Moscow, however, has blamed Ukraine for the disaster.
The video was obtained by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and published exactly a year after the Malaysia Airlines plane was blown out of the sky during a routine flight between Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur.
Igor Girkin, the former commander of Russian special forces in eastern Ukraine, was on Wednesday formally accused of orchestrating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 17 past year.
On Friday it will be a year since Malaysian Airways flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine.
Russia’s resistance comes amid reports that investigations into the downing of MH17 over eastern Ukraine suggest the incident was perpetrated by Russian-backed rebels.
The film recorded their dismay as they minutes later discover the aircraft was a commercial airliner.
One of the probes under way reportedly points toward a ground-to-air missile fired from a village held by Russia-backed separatist rebels, but the report isn’t to be public for months.
The newspaper said that in one frame a man wore a clearly visible identification tag from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic around his neck. “We owe it to the dead to bring the guilty to justice”. “At the same time, if the missile was launched from the region of Snizhniy [under the control of east Donbass militias], as many in the West claim, then according to all of the experts and specialists, this would be reflected in the [southern Russian] Rostov radar locators”, Oleg Storchevoi said. “Today our nation pauses to acknowledge your tragedy”.
News Corp. Australia said they handed the footage over to a multinational joint investigation team this week.
“The end goal is clear – to bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure they pay for this unforgivable crime”, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a statement on the eve of the anniversary. “Hardly a moment would go by when you don’t think of a parent, a child, a sibling, a friend, present in your thoughts but painfully absent from your life”, he told the more than 500 people gathered for the ceremony.
In comments previous year, a Russian deputy minister also appeared to allow for the possibility that rebels had shot down MH17 in a failed attempt to hit a Ukrainian military plane. But Moscow denies involvement and instead accuses Ukraine’s military.
Moments of silence and solemn memorials in the home countries of the largest number of victims stirred anger and sadness among the families of the 196 Dutch victims, the 42 from Malaysia, including the 15-person crew, and 39 Australians headed home from European vacations or on their way to an worldwide conference in Melbourne on the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
The five countries undertaking the independent criminal investigation into the accident, namely Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine, on Tuesday asked the UN Security Council to establish an global criminal tribunal to try those responsible for the downing of the passenger jet.