How Bellingcat uncovered the truth behind Russian missile strikes in Ukraine

By | February 2, 2023

International Center for Journalists reports:

When Christo Grozev, executive director of Bellingcat, saw that Russia was claiming its missiles were striking only military targets in Ukraine, he knew he had to go beyond just proving that was not true.

Grozev wanted to also reveal the individuals who were behind the strikes hitting schools, hospitals and other civilian targets, and to show whether those targets were accidental or intentional.

Grozev and Bellingcat, winners of ICFJ’s 2022 Innovation in International Reporting Award, have demonstrated a unique ability to dig up information Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin would prefer to keep hidden. Bellingcat is an investigative journalism group that specializes in using open-source intelligence and networks of professional and citizen journalists to expose the truth about war, human rights abuses and the criminal underworld.

Grozev and his team had previously revealed who was behind the poisonings of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Russia, and double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the U.K. They uncovered evidence that identified senior Russian officers complicit with the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukrainian airspace in 2014. (In November, a Dutch court convicted two Russians and one Ukrainian tied to the Russian military of murder in the disaster, relying in part on Bellingcat’s work.) [Continue reading…]

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