FACT CHECK: Did Ukraine Sink Every Russian Ship In The Black Sea?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Ukrainian forces sank all Russian ships stationed in the Black Sea.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that the Ukrainians have mass attacked Russia’s entire Black Sea fleet.

Fact Check: 

Ukrainian artillery forces have increased their attacks on Russian targets in Crimea, including a drone attack on the country’s Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters, according to The New York Times. The attacks come as grain exports are attempting to leave the region under an agreement, CBS reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 8,000 times, claims the Ukrainians destroyed the entire Russian naval fleet. “Huge Hit: Ukraine sank all Russian ships in the black sea,” the post’s caption reads.(RELATED: Did The Ukrainian Navy Destroy 13 Russian Warships In One Strike?)

There is no evidence of a mass attack in the Black Sea. There are no credible news reports suggesting the Russian fleet has been totally destroyed. Neither the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense or Russian Government have released any announcements about the destruction of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Oryx, an open-source analysis website that tracks military losses in various conflicts, has confirmed that a total of 11 Russian naval vessels have been destroyed or damaged since the start of the conflict in February. The Ukrainian military has claimed to have destroyed 15 Russian ships as of Aug. 24, according to The Kyiv Independent, unchanged from Aug. 18.

Rob Lee, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, also recently shared a video of a Russian patrol ship sighted at Sevastopol on Twitter.

“A Russian Project 22160 patrol ship in Sevastopol with a Tor air defense system on the back,” Lee tweeted.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has repeatedly been the subject of false information on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a post claiming Ukrainian forces hit targets in Crimea with missile strikes.

Elias Atienza

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