Fake off Photos of missile debris are circulating on social media, but one has been mistakenly attributed to the crash that killed two in Poland
Polish police experts investigate, November 16, 2022, the site hit by a missile in the village of Przewodow, near the Ukrainian border. — HANDOUT/POLISH POLICE/AFP
- A missile strike struck Poland in the village of Przewodow on November 15, 6 km from the Ukrainian border, killing two people.
- On social media, several photos of missile debris have gone viral .
- 20 Minutes sorts it out.
On November 15, while Ukraine was heavily shelled by the Russian army, a missile strike hit Ukraine. Poland, causing much concern. While the investigation into the origin of the shooting is ongoing and the trail of an accident is privileged, several photos have gone viral on social networks. One has been erroneously attributed to the missile responsible for the explosion, which caused two deaths in the village of Przewodow, in about 6 km from the Ukrainian border.
Two photos of missile debris have been released. particularly shared in recent hours on social networks. But the photo at left below, showing debris at the light of day, has not been taken on November 15, 2022. 20 Minutes does the sorting.
Screenshot showing two photos of debris on Twitter. – Screenshot/Twitter
By performing a reverse image search, we can find occurrences of this photo. The first shares date back to October 8, 2020, and refer to: what appears to be another accident: debris from a missile had been found in the Caucasus mountains, near Chirag in Dagestan. Russian media, such as RBC, have also used; this photo, attributed to; a user of the Russian social network VK, to illustrate this explosion in 2020. At the time, the thesis evoked was that of an accident linked to the to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Screenshot from a tweet from October 8, 2020 showing the photo of the shot Missile failure, mentioning the Caucasus. – Screenshot/Twitter
In some posts, the origin of this photo is mentioned and it is used as a point of comparison with the photo on the right, to allow the identification of the missile (and therefore to try to guess who is at the origin shooting).
A photo shared by a Polish journalist
The photo of the debris, at right, taken at night, has been a lot shared in the Polish media at; from the Twitter account of Mateusz Lachowski, Polish journalist and PolsatNews correspondent in Ukraine, without this photo having been taken. picked up by news agencies. Other photos of the site of the explosion, showing the trailer of an overturned tractor, have however been released. published by Reuters for example.
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The firing trails of a KH-101 or S300 missile have been mentioned on social networks. On Twitter, Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said: on 16 November that “wreckage of a Russian S300 missile, used by the Russian and Ukrainian armies, was found found” on the spot. The Polish President considered “highly probable” let it be an “unfortunate accident” dû to a Ukrainian projectile.
For its part, NATO has indicated; this November 16, have “no indication” allowing the deadly explosion in Poland to be attributed to “a deliberate attack” against this country. “Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was probably caused by a missile from the Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense system fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missiles,” Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.