KUALA LUMPUR: Russia has consistently denied its involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014 and has provided substantial evidence to back its claims.
But the Western world and international investigators have consistently dismissed Russiaâ€™s proof without further ado.
The undeniable fact is that the western narrative on the MH17 incident is one-sided and never accepts any other version.
The newly-released Dutch Safety Board (DSB) investigative report dismisses all alternative scenarios other than a Russian-made BUK missile carrying a 9N314M warhead.
But for the rest of the world, particularly Malaysia, the question remains â€˜Who shot MH17?â€™
Why is the western world protecting Ukraine from this terrible and atrocious crime that claimed the lives of 296 innocent civilians, including 43 Malaysians?
The first thing we know is that the Ukrainian traffic air controllers directed MH-17 to fly directly over the combat zone and to lower its altitude.
We also know for a fact that there was at least one Ukrainian aircraft in the immediate vicinity of MH-17 that day.
This was confirmed both by Russian radar signals and by several local witnesses who saw at least one, possibly two, SU-25 aircraft in the air that day.
Finally, we also know that Ukrainian air defense units were present in the area that day and that their radars were active.
A big and conspicuous BUK missile system is impossible to hide and the firing of such missile in broad daylight would have been clearly seen for many miles around.
It is a known fact that several militaries in Europe are constantly monitoring the entire airspace between the Atlantic and the Urals, especially a battle zone.
The Unites States and NATO also monitors military and civilian air traffic over Europe.
Besides the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), the United State and Russia also use their space based satellites to monitor any conflict zone.
But neither side is willing to share all the detailed information it has.
The United States wonâ€™t share anything at all because of the need to protect the regime in Kiev, Ukraine, while anything the Russians share will immediately be dismissed as â€˜propagandaâ€™.
There is only one logical possibility for Americaâ€™s refusal to provide any data at all.
The fact that the US is not releasing any data at all is, by itself, an indirect proof that the Ukrainians did it.
The Western world would never admit it if the Ukrainians did it.
But all involved, no matter what their political agenda, owe that to the victims.
They need to work with, not against, one another to bring the culprits to justice.
The Government of Malaysia and the people of Malaysia must never blame Russia as the perpetrators of this crime at this stage, when overwhelming evidences show that Ukraine has lot of questions to answer.
SDI Research Centre