A colleague who is a super sleuth for facts just contacted me to say that the BUK missiles (to which both Kiev Ukrainians and East Ukrainians have access) could produce a very similar end result on a plane. That is, puncture holes coming and going out of the same pieces of metal.
The BUK apparently explodes sending out a "cloud" of shrapnel which can penetrate its target and could theoretically give the pattern of holes in the plane reported by an early Ukrainian/Canadian who was upon the scene early -- and as was detected by the early photos and analyzed by the German pilot.
My colleague still believes it was either a BUK that was fired by East Ukrainian fighters by accident (thinking it was a West Ukrainian plane) and found out later it was a commercial flight––or it was a West Ukrainian BUK that fired on purpose to try to create a "false flag" incident with which to blame the East Ukrainians and the Russians. He tends to believe the former simply mistakenly fired. But still is uncertain. And seems to me there is possibility it may never be known.
The Dutch and Australians are assuming responsibility for forensic examination the plane's remains and contents; however, war is still going on between government and local forces in the immediate region, and the work so far hasn't begun. More to follow.