Disinfo: A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb…

Summary

A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb on a town in Lithuania, causing an apartment building to be engulfed in flames according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Disproof

This is a fabricated story. The video that accompanies the claims appears to be from a fire in Lithuania in January 2015. Further debunking by the DFRLab bit.ly/2tEIYL0, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 73
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/06/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Lithuania, US
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues

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The number of people who died as a result of…

The number of people who died as a result of the Great Famine in Ukraine during 1932-1933 is exaggerated by the Ukranian Government.// The famine was caused in Ukraine by natural conditions and it had nothing to do with the USSR policy.// It is not serious to recognize the Holodomor as genocide, because the Council of Europe did not recognize it as a crime.

Disproof

Politicano’s article is manipulative, as it does not include the results of the national census held in 1937, which were concealed by Stalin’s regime, while the organizers were subjected to Stalin’s repressions. // The 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine was caused by Stalin’s deliberate policy and not by meteorological problems. // 17 countries recognized Holodomor as genocide and the Council of Europe, European Parliament, OSCE and UN recognized it as a crime against humanity. bit.ly/2sT1TTc,

A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb…

A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb on a town in Lithuania, causing an apartment building to be engulfed in flames, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Disproof

This is a fabricated story. The screenshot that accompanies the claims is fabricated. In Reddit, other users quickly pointed out that it was a fake. Nevertheless, it spread to Lithuanian and Russian sites. Some Lithuanian sites added a warning that it was a fake story when that was evident. Further debunking by the DFRLab bit.ly/2tEIYL0, .