Fact Check-Clip shows 2013 Norwegian Navy exercise, not a Russian missile cruiser on fire in 2022

Footage of a Norwegian Navy long-range missile test that traces back to at least 2013 has been miscaptioned online, with social media users falsely claiming it depicts a flagship Russian missile cruiser on fire in April 2022.

Examples are viewable on Twitter ( here )( here )( here ) ( here ) and Facebook ( here ) ( here ) ( here ).

Russia's defense ministry said on April 14 that sailors had contained a fire on board the Moskva missile cruiser, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea fleet, and that measures were being taken to tow it back to port. It said it was still trying to establish the cause of the incident. ( here )

Ukraine’s southern military command said it hit the Moskva with a Neptune anti-ship cruise missile. It said Russian rescue ships were then hampered by ammunition exploding on board as well as bad weather that had caused the Moskva to start sinking.

Reuters was unable to verify either side’s statements.

This 10-second clip showing an explosion in a vessel out on sea, however, is unrelated and depicts a Norwegian test missile strike that dates back nine years.

The footage can be found within a longer video uploaded to YouTube by British agency South West News Service on June 6, 2013 ( here see around timestamp 00:37). According to the description, it shows a test missile strike carried out by the Norwegian armed forces on a decommissioned frigate.

Other images of the 2013 exercise are viewable in reports by CNN ( here ) and Yahoo News ( here )


Miscaptioned. This clip shows a 2013 Norwegian Navy exercise, not a Russian missile cruiser on fire in April 2022.

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