This is the unofficial position of Russian experts from the commission investigating the air crash over Black Sea. The so-called bullet holes discovered on aircraft fuselage’s fragments really bear a strong resemblance of grape-shot filling the S-200 missiles. An anti-aircraft missile of this type blows up near to its target, hitting it with the grape-shot. Namely, the “bullet inlets” forced the commission’s members to return to the version regarding the Ukrainian missile. These inlets could be a result of firing inside the airliner. The inlets are situated over the whole surface of the fuselage,and, in addition, they were made from objects outside of the aircraft. It must be remembered that earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry inquired with theirUkrainian colleagues about missile exercises being carried out in the Crimea by Ukrainian air defence. The Ukrainian military has repeated many times that the airliner could not have been hit with their air-defence missile, stating there was even proof of it.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969