Russian propagandists come up with bizarre “Ukrainian trace” in Beirut blast – media

No factual evidence whatsoever has been presented to back the claims.

Following a deadly blast in Beirut seaport that has killed dozens and left thousands injured and many homes destroyed, Russian propaganda pundits have claimed two Ukrainian vessels, which could reportedly be in the immediate vicinity to the incident site, allegedly transported explosives, which caused the tragedy.

The fake spin has initially been posted by the Tsargrad website owned by Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev.

“The blast in the port of Beirut may have a ‘Ukrainian origin.’ There is information that a ship that arrived in Lebanon from Ukraine was moored by the epicenter of the blast,” propagandists claimed, hinting the ship was heading from the city of Mariupol, which they mentioned “is in close proximity to the conflict zone in Donbas.”

At the same time, Russians have failed to back their allegations (namely that the ships transported explosive substances) with any facts and neither did they reveal their source, referring to some “open sources.”

As UNIAN reported earlier, a huge explosion ripped through Lebanon capital Beirut’s seaport and the surrounding area on August 4.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says there is no information yet whether there are Ukrainian citizens among victims of a recent explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

The death toll after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4 has grown to over 50, according to an update, while the number of those injured in the blast has reached at least 2,750.

According to Al Jazeera, the Lebanese Interior Minister has said that ammonium nitrate was stored in the port, which is what caused the explosion.

(c) Unian


  1. 2700 US Tons of Ammonium Nitrate had been seized from a Russian Ship 6 years ago and has been stored in a warehouse with fireworks and benzene since. It looks like some of the benzene may have caught fire, or, perhaps, some of the fireworks. It is quite possible the benzene got into the ammonium nitrate, and combined with the fire, and the possible partial collapse of the structure, detonated the AN. In aerial photos, the site of the warehouse is little more than a crater now, and grain elevators next to the warehouse have been destroyed. The blast wave caused damage at the airport, 10 miles (16 Km) away, and rattled windows on Cyprus 100 miles (160 Km) away. It was not a fireworks explosion as black powder does not have the yield to create such a strong blast wave, plus the packaging would prevent a massive blast from the fireworks, as the paper containers would allow only those fireworks that have had the paper burned through sufficiently to explode.

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