Disinfo: The West is blaming Russia for the crash of PS752

Summary

The West is trying to make Russia guilty for the crash of the Ukrainian plane in Iran. US special services are preparing a major provocation against Russia.

Disproof

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

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.

The Ukrainian government informed it was investigating reports of debris from a Russian-made Tor-M1 missile. There were no official statements blaming Russia for the downing of the flight PS 752.

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, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, PS752, West, Provocation
  • Outlet: Komsomolskaya Pravda
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Disproof

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