FACT CHECK: Did The Ukrainians Hit The Crimea Bridge With A HIMARS Missile?
A video shared on Facebook claims the Ukrainian military hit the Crimea Bridge with a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) missile.
There is no evidence that Ukraine hit the Crimea Bridge with a HIMARS missile. Ukraine does not have HIMAR missiles capable of hitting the bridge.
The Crimea Bridge was hit by an explosion earlier this month, with the cause of the explosion currently not officially known, though Russia has claimed a truck carrying some type of explosive caused the incident, according to NPR. Ukraine has used HIMARs to target Russian targets beyond the frontlines, Newsweek reported.
The Facebook video claims that the Ukrainians destroyed a tank convoy traveling on the Crimea Bridge. The video shows various HIMARs, burning vehicles and other military footage. (RELATED: Does This Image Show Russian Conscripts With Mosin-Nagant Rifles?)
There is no evidence Ukraine hit the Crimea Bridge with a HIMARS missile. If the Ukrainians had hit a tank convoy on the bridge, credible media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. There is also no visual evidence of such a strike and open-source intelligence (OSINT) accounts, such as Ukraine Weapons Tracker and Blue Sauron, have not published any footage of a strike occurring on the bridge.
Furthermore, the United States has thus far refused to provide Ukraine with the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), which has a range of 190 miles, according to The New York Times. Ukraine has offered the U.S. targeting oversight in a bid to convince the U.S. to provide these missiles, CNN reported.
“They haven’t been given the type of missiles – ATACMS – that would have the range to hit targets in Crimea,” James Rushton, a Kyiv-based security analyst, previously told Check Your Fact in July.
Russian officials and a senior Ukrainian official told The New York Times that the cause of the explosion was a truck bomb. Other experts believed the cause of the explosion was a maritime drone, according to BBC News.
Misinformation regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been widespread since its inception in February. Check Your Fact previously debunked a video claiming an American B-2 bomber recently arrived in Poland.