Russian propagandists, as well as pro-Russian media in the Donbas occupied territories, spread information with hints that two Ukrainian ships, which could be at the explosion’s epicentre in Beirut, Lebanon, carried explosives and thus caused the tragedy.

The new Russians’ fake was posted on the “Tsargrad” website, which belongs to Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev. It reports that the ships arrived in Beirut from Mariupol, which is located near the conflict zone, although these hypotheses are not confirmed by facts. The.”open sources” are pointed out as information sources.

This false information was actively picked up and disseminated by pro-Russian bots on social networks, but official sources in Lebanon have already identified the preliminary cause of the large-scale explosion. Lebanese Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi confirmed that ammonium nitrate had exploded in the port of Beirut. Security officials say that a smuggled cargo of substances which had been confiscated from one of the ships several years ago had detonated.

Significantly, that the Russian trace was found in the explosion. Ammonium nitrate in the Beirut port was confiscated from the “Rhosus” boat, owned by a Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin from Khabarovsk. LBCI reports this referring to the results of the Lebanon Supreme Defence Council meeting.

Bohdan Marusyak

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