Disinfo: Ukrainian ship packed with explosives is the cause of the Beirut explosion

Summary

The massive explosion in Beirut was caused by secretly stored explosive cargo on a Ukrainian ship called Mero Star.

Disproof

There is no evidence to suggest that Ukrainian ships were the reason of the Beirut port explosion on August 4.

At the time of the tragedy, two Ukrainian ships were in the port near the epicentre of the explosion - RAUF and Mero Star. Although both ships were near the explosion and both of them are believed to be destroyed, none of them were carrying explosive material, as confirmed by TankerTrackers.com. The two ships were most likely carrying grain.

Instead of Metro Star, the massive amount of ammonium nitrate, which was the cause of the blast, was shipped in by a Moldovan-flagged ship called MV Rhosus the most recent owner of which is a Cyprus-based Russian businessman, Igor Grechushkin. The cargo entered the port in 2013 and it was stored there for six years without proper safety measures.

Blaming Ukraine on Russian-affiliated events or controversies is a recurring element of pro-Kremlin disinformation. A similar example was seen when some pro-Kremlin disinformation elements blamed Ukraine for the downing of the MH17 plane in 2014.

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  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/08/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Hungarian, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Hungary
  • Keywords: Ukraine
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, and “lost sovereignty”. Poland is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States by the pro-Kremlin media. Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. Read more about the Poland- US relations. See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, that the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States, or that Poland is not a sovereign state, that Poland was obliged to defend the interests of the United States in Eastern and Central Europe.

Ukrainian involvement found in Beirut explosion

A Ukrainian trace was found in the explosion in Beirut […]. A ship from Mariupol, a Ukrainian city located in close proximity to the conflict zone in Donbas, could have caused an explosion in Lebanon. The vessel delivered a secret cargo from Ukraine to Lebanon, presumably explosives.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Powerful explosions occurred in the Beirut port area on the evening of 4 August, as a result of which at least 78 people were killed, about 4,000 were injured, the explosion caused serious damage to several adjacent neighborhoods. The preliminary cause of the powerful explosion is 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which was stored for about six years in a warehouse with confiscated goods. Two Ukrainian ships, MERO STAR and RAOUF H, were allegedly in the port of Beirut at the time of the explosion. According to Samir Madani, co-founder of the ship tracking site TankerTrackers, the Ukrainian ships most likely suffered from the explosion, but the ships have nothing to do with the origin of the tragedy. The analyst also added that the Mariupol ship was most likely carrying grain. "These vessels weren't the source of anything explosive other than that they most likely blew up and made things worse.," Madani tweeted. Information about the Ukrainians who were allegedly injured in the explosion in Beirut was being clarified.

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Disproof

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