Ukraine involved in Syria attacks on Russian bases

Summary

Ukraine is involved in a mysterious drone attacks on Russian bases in Syria at Hmeimim and Tartus. The Russian Defense Ministry’s General Staff Department of Construction and Development director Alexander Novikov, said the kind of explosives the drones carried, are manufactured industrially, including in the Shostka Chemical Reagents Plant, a chemical production company located in north-eastern Ukraine. They contained PETN pentaerythritol tetranitrate, a highly explosive compound from the nitroglycerin chemical family.

Disproof

The Shostka Chemical Reagants Plant is not part of Ukraine’s military industrial complex and has never produced military components, not even during the Soviet era. After the collapse of the USSR the Shostka plant was privatized.

Responding to StopFake’s inquiry about the Russian claim, Shostka Chemical Plant director Serhiy Buhakov said the company’s production is purely for peaceful purposes. Shostka has neither the personnel nor the raw materials to produce explosives. "We make dyes, chemical indicators and compounds", Buhakov emphasized.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry also dismissed Russia’s insinuation, calling it yet another attempt to assault Ukraine with disinformation, in order to draw away attention from Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine and Crimea. Read more on Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/russia-accuses-ukraine-of-involvement-in-syria-attacks-on-russian-bases/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 94
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Syria
  • Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
  • Outlet: Lenta.ru
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