In one recording, Igor Bezler, the supposed sector commander for the team operating a Buk-M1 launcher, tells a Russian intelligence officer: “The group of the Miner has just shot down a plane.”
In another, a “Cossack” commander, Nikolai Kozitsyn, whose unit has been blamed for firing the missile, is told a Malaysia Airlines plane has been destroyed. He said: “That means they were carrying spies. They shouldn’t be f*ing flying. There is a war going on.”
Washington has described the material as “authentic”.