Re: Putin the Magnificent: Series 2 - Putin's Russia
Reply #40 –
Training in use of the rockets would be specialist and we will have to wait to find out, if we ever do, who was trained where. So far there are intelligence reports that the missiles themselves were from Russia.
IIRC they're soviet era anti-aircraft missiles. I see no reason to assume that the separatists wouldn't have anyone in their ranks who is familiar with them. Then again, they did apparently think they were shooting at a military transporter...
At least a military transport and a commercial aircraft are of similar size and shape. I have to admit that reading the story of the American warship shooting down the Iranian Flt 655 has me wondering. If you can't tell the difference between a commercial airliner and an F-14-- what on Earth are you doing at the controls of anti-aircraft missiles?