FACT CHECK: Video Claims Ukraine Sunk Russian Vessels With Bayraktar Drones In Crimea

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Ukraine sunk Russian vessels with Bayraktar TB2 drones in the Crimea.

Verdict: Misleading

The last recorded TB2 drone attack on a naval vessel was near Snake Island in June 2022. There is no evidence of drone strikes on naval vessels in recent days.

Fact Check:

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its second year last week, according to The Washington Post. The United States announced a $2 billion security assistance package on the anniversary of the invasion, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 10,000 times, claims TB2 drones were used to destroy naval vessels near Crimea. The video’s caption reads, “It’s All Over in Crimea! Ukraine Sinks Russian Warships With Turkish Bayraktar TB-2’s!”

There is no evidence of a recent TB2 drone strike on Russian naval vessels. If the TB2 drone had destroyed Russian vessels near Crimea, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Furthermore, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has not claimed to have destroyed Russian naval vessels since Jan. 23.

Ukraine has claimed to have destroyed 18 Russian vessels. The TB2 drone destroyed or damaged 6 Russian vessels, according to military analysis website Oryx. Nearly all of these attacks took place near Snake Island in the early months of the war, per Oryx. (RELATED: Did Ukraine Sink Russian Naval Vessels With HIMARS?)

There is footage of TB2 drone strikes on naval vessels around Snake Island. For example, footage was released showing two Russian raptor class patrol boats being destroyed by TB2 drones near Snake Island.

The TB2 also participated in an attack on a Russian naval tug that was destroyed by Harpoon anti-ship missiles in June 2022.

Misinformation regarding the Ukraine war has circulated online since the start of the invasion in February 2022. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting President Joe Biden offered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnkyy a “stake in the United States.”

Elias Atienza

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