For 5 years Ukraine has bamboozled supporters by using" independent" researchers like Bellingcat that work with Ukraine's Intel to fabricate its innocence.
On November 25th, the Kerch incident happened, worsening the West's relationship with Russia ahead of the G-20 Meeting in Argentina.
Seemingly right on cue, Russian planners couldn't find anything better to do than cause another major international incident right in front of the entire world. They did this even as Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to meet with US President Donald Trump. The formal meeting that never happened was canceled because of Ukraine's hyper histrionics.
Special Rep for Ukraine negotiations Kurt Volker wasted no time getting on Ukraine's already crashing wagon by citing Bellingcat's conclusion that the Ukrainian ships "may have been" fired on in international waters. Bellingcat suspects the Russian ships may have been 500 yards outside of their territory. This flaccid statement by Bellingcat is all Volker and Ukraine found to stand behind.
Volker is undeterred even though the Bellingcat report's only value is to spin another nut into Ukraine's InfoWar machine.
Bellingcat is a western based arm of Ukrainian Intel and InfoWar. Bellingcat OSINT school attendance can be cross-referenced against people from Ukraine and the various Diasporas supporting a nationalist Ukraine or Syria. When Ukrainian supporters at the seminars are multiplied by a per seat value, we can know exactly who built Bellingcat's reputation and how Bellingcat receives financing.
When Bellingcat's OSINT results are looked at against Ukrainian Intel, Bellingcat is anti-American, anti-Democracy, against Christianity, against free-speech, support Ukraine's Bandera nationalists and ISIS.
In fact, the same Ukrainian Intel groups who provide Bellingcat with its Syrian and Ukrainian Intelligence did the official Opposition Research on Candidate Donald Trump in 2016. To do this the Ukrainian operatives were given access to US State Department and DNC servers.
They say openly these groups feed Bellingcat important information from their Ukrainian perspective for Bellingcat's inciteful' and fanciful reports. Ukrainian Intel and Bellingcat work together through the Atlantic Council and its DFR Lab.
On Ukraine's InformNapalm (Ukraine OSINT and hackers) website under "Our Main Achievements, InformNapalm claims they were the ones identifying people involved in the shootdown of Flight MH17 over the occupied Donbas "(this information was used in the reports by our colleagues from Bellingcat team)."
In other words, Bellingcat merely provided an acceptable funnel for the information to be made public through.
The Ukrainians will be thrilled to step out of the shadows because Bellingcat doesn't do much without them. They are financed by Ukrainian Diaspora groups like the Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America (UCCA) and the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC).
Both of these Ukrainian Diaspora groups bought the bullets for Ukraine's Maidan coup in 2014. The UCCA is the Ukrainian Diaspora's lobby in the US Congress and Senate. They lobby for funding Ukrainian political nazis and ISIS in Syria.
Groups associated with Bellingcat like InformNapalm which contain Ukraine's OSINT, State Hacking, InfoWar, and CyberWar teams had Russian all-stars working for it in 2014-2016.