East StratCom disinformation claim:

Ukrainian naval ships are stuck in the ice of the Black Sea.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 19. January 2017

Debunk claim:

Cited in many Russian state sources, the Odessa news portal O48 was claimed as their source of this completely fake claim. O48 did in fact have a story about winter weather in Odessa, colorfully describing how ice floes had formed in the Gulf of Odessa and captured the harbor where Ukrainian naval vessels are docked. The story was accompanied by an air view photograph of ships in their harbor. The story had no mention of ships stuck in a frozen harbor. Odessa naval transportation specialist Ihor Kosov told StopFake that in order for the Black Sea around Odessa to freeze temperatures had to stay 20 degrees below zero Celsius for several weeks. Odessa has not been experiencing such low temperatures during this time http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukrainian-naval-ships-frozen/

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Stopfakeorg in Disinformation Review issue 56. The item is located at row number 6 in the report.

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