Will Stewart
Daily Mail

A Russian newspaper has made a series of outlandish claims regarding the MH17 disaster, including that the plane was shot down in a botched bid by the Ukrainian air force to assassinate Vladimir Putin on the orders of a billionaire oligarch.

Pro-Kremlin outlets have long blamed MH17 on Ukraine, and have now taken it one step further and named a Ukranian army pilot they say is guilty of shooting down the plane.

A Russian newspaper and TV station claim oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi believed Putin would fly the route in his private jet, and ordered that the Russian President be assassinated by the Ukranian army.

The ludicrous claims are ‘proven’ by the fact that the pilot disappeared to Dubai with a glamorous air traffic controller after the MH17 disaster, the Russian news outlets claim.

The ‘Moment of Truth’ programme and Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper say both went on an ‘extended holiday’ immediately after the Boeing 777 was downed on 17 July, killing all 298 people on board.