FACT CHECK: Did Elon Musk Destroy A Russian Aircraft Carrier?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk was responsible for the recent alleged destruction of a Russian aircraft carrier.

Verdict: False

Musk has not sunk a Russian aircraft carrier. The only Russian carrier is undergoing repairs until 2024.

Fact Check:

Musk, who became the owner of Twitter in October, proposed in a September tweet to have referendums under United Nations (UN) supervision in regions annexed by Russia, according to NPR. He also proposed that Ukraine abandon its aspirations for joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and give up Crimea, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 202,000 times, claims Elon Musk sank a Russian aircraft carrier. The video’s title reads, “I SANK Russian Best Aircraft Carrier- – Elon Musk HUMILIATED Putin.”

However, this claim is false. If Musk was involved in the destruction of a Russian aircraft carrier, credible media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Musk, an ardent user of Twitter, has not tweeted that he has destroyed an aircraft carrier. (RELATED: Viral Post Makes False Claims About Ukraine And FTX)

Russia currently only has one aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, in its navy, according to Insider. The ship is currently undergoing a refit and will return to service in 2024, according to Reuters. The ship’s return to service has been delayed several times due to defects in the repairs, the outlet reported.

Musk has supported Ukraine with Starlink terminals, which allows Ukrainian forces to have communications and internet on the frontlines, according to CNN. Ukraine suffered an outage earlier this month, though Musk said in a tweet he would continue to support Ukraine’s usage, the outlet reported.

Misinformation surrounding the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict has spread widely since it began in February 2022. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video allegedly showing a Russian battalion being destroyed by Ukrainian forces.

Elias Atienza

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