FACT CHECK: Does Image Show Anti-Drone Barriers Around The Kerch Bridge?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claims to show anti-drone naval barriers around the Kerch bridge that connects Crimea to the Russian mainland.

Verdict: False

The image shows barriers in Sevastopol, Crimea. It does not show the Kerch bridge.

Fact Check:

Russia claimed that unmanned Ukrainian naval drones attacked Russian merchant ships and naval vessels, according to The Wall Street Journal. Russia also claimed Ukrainian drones attacked Moscow, the outlet reported.

The image claims to show “boom barriers” being added around the Kerch bridge. The Facebook’s image caption reads, “The Kerch bridge is “reliably protected” by additional boom barriers,-Russian Media Mash. It is planned to protect the bridge from sea drones with such structures along its entire length.”

The image, however, was not taken around the Kerch bridge. GeoConfirmed, an account that geolocates images and videos taken during the Russian-Ukrainian war, tweeted that the image was taken in Sevastopol, not the bridge. The image was geolocated by a GeoConfirmed volunteer.

NoelReports, the Twitter account that originally posted the image, also posted a clarification stating that the image was taken in Sevastopol. (RELATED: Nikki Haley Claims China Has The Largest Navy In The World)

“Important. After initial reporting, the location was geolocated as Sevastopol Bay, not Crimean Bridge,” NoelReports tweeted.

Elias Atienza

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