Within hours of the disaster of the Malaysian airliner MH17 rumours were circulating about it being shot down by pro-Russian forces with a "Buk" anti-aircraft missile. But the evidence for this was always thin verging on zero. No photographs, no satellite pictures, no security surveillance data from any of the nearby military stations, no convincing signs from available wreckage. The main proof was a recording of a telephone conversation in which the rebels allegedly took credit for the disaster - but this telephone call was recorded the day before the plane crashed.
As soon as the story circulated, any alternative suggestion was bound to be branded a "conspiracy theory". If the rebels shot the plane down, what was their motive, and why did two eye-witnesses say that there were small jets in the sky alongside it - jets of a type used by the Ukraine government? Why are there marks in the wreckage of the fuselage resembling machine gun fire?
It may be a long time before the true story of this tragic accident is known. But the most convincing explanation is that it was shot down by two jets launched by the forces of the current Ukrainian government.