East StratCom disinformation claim:

European countries accuse Ukraine of releasing a radioactive isotope into the continent’s atmosphere.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 22. February 2017

Debunk claim:

No European publication has reported that the leak originated in Ukraine. Only Russian media, such as RIA Novosti Ukraina, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Anna News, Forum.msk.ru, Operativnaya Linia, Otkrytaya elektronnaya gazeta claimed that the source of the leak was Ukraine. According to the Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/radiation-europe-russian-missile-strike-radioactive-material-france-norway-iodine-131-irsn-a7591886.html, the traces found in Northern Europe could have been inadvertently released by a pharmaceutical company that produces radioactive medicines. Russian media regularly publish stories about what it calls extremely dangerous Ukrainian nuclear power plants, predicting that Ukraine’s atomic sector is on the point of collapse and it has been debunked before by StopFake. Ukraine’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency states that there were no nuclear mishaps in Ukraine that could have resulted in an iodine- 131 leak. http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-europe-accuses-ukraine-of-increasing-radioactivity/

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Stopfakeorg in Disinformation Review issue 62. The item is located at row number 2 in the report.

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