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New sighting of Volvo linked to BUK?

A new possible sighting of the trailer which was carrying a BUK from Donetsk to Snizhne on the day of the MH17 downing turns up on Twitter.

This was posted to twitter on 6/08/2014 (since deleted):

Google translation: Makeevka, 5am. In Donetsk side “passed” 4 BMP, crane machine with concrete slabs. New checkpoint somewhere?

The tweet appears to have disappeared but here is the photo:


The truck looks very similar to the truck photographed by Paris Match on the morning of the downing of MH17, on the way out of Donetsk but with the yellow panel showing the construction company phone number missing.

Geolocation of this photo:,+Donetsk+Oblast,+Ukraine/@48.04073,37.967479,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m5!1e2!3m3!1s78165143!2e1!3e10!4m2!3m1!1s0x40e08e984a0db9a9:0xe4e52efde2e0641c

It is taken from opposite the Vostochno-evroppeyskiy restaurant & lounge “Atrium” in Makiivka on the H-21.,37.9667404,17.93z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xa40fd1ee3ebfdf07

The vehicle has been matched (see comments below) to a Volvo FH

Any more photos of this vehicle?

The vehicle being carried on the back is a 2S9 NONA self-propelled 120 mm mortar.

Are there any more of these trucks in this livery or is this really unique?

Arsen Avakov, the Ukrainian Interior Minister, has claimed this truck took the BUK which downed MH17 to Russia. If that is the case, it would appear it may be back in Donetsk.

It seems somewhat unlikely that Russia would allow the Donetsk rebels to drop off a BUK which had taken down a civilian airliner in Russia and then return back to Ukraine in the same vehicle.

(Update 8/8/2014 Volvo model identified by CE)

6 replies on “New sighting of Volvo linked to BUK?”

Self-correction – the sign is apparently removed and that’s just a white backboard – color-corrected (here) reveals no yellow, and not a sign of letters as I first thought (full resolution helped)

The truck in that picture is almost certainly a Volvo FH second generation (2001-2013). Like this one on wikipedia (with the difference only of the cabin height which comes in three versions, the truck in question with the lowest one):

Misunderstanding: The truck’s name is just FH which stands for “Front High” – “Fahrerhaus” in the image link is the German word for “driver’s cabin”, and “LKW” means Lastkraftwagen – which is a German word that means, well, let’s just say truck. ;o)

The English wikipedia article also helps us to narrow the production year to 2001-2008:

It’s the only truck like it in Donetsk, he says. In that location, this is dawn, not sunset. This truck likes to move right at or before dawn, huh? Sleepy checkpoints (what makes these streets “rebel held” to whatever degree), but some alert early bird photographers. The same pattern continues.

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