Disinfo: A US spy drone caused the crash of PS752

Summary

The passenger plane with 168 passengers could accidentally end up on the same course with the US drone MQ-9 Reaper, which has the ability to loop at maximum height. The plane was probably endangered by the US drone and could accidentally become a target of the Iranian missile.

The collision of the plane with a US drone is a very convincing version.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the downing of the Ukrainian flight PS 752. No evidence given about the presence of a US drone in the crash area.

Iran has recognised that its military forces unintentionally shot down the passenger jet. On January 11, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter: “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”

Earlier, intelligence services of Canada and the United States informed that the Ukrainian plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile minutes after departure from the Tehran airport.

Find here the EU statement regarding the incident.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Iran, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, PS752
  • Outlet: Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Disproof

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the downing of the Ukrainian flight PS 752 and MH17.

Iran has recognised that its military forces unintentionally shot down the passenger jet. On January 11, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter: “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”

Unknown shooters killed 14 people in Vilnius, on January 13, 1991

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania and events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius.

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