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This Video Does Not Show A Recent Russian Marine Exercise Near Florida

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
16th June 2024
This Video Does Not Show A Recent Russian Marine Exercise Near Florida
The 2018 video shows a Russian nuclear-powered submarine (X)

The Claim

A video shows Russia conducting marine exercises with nuclear submarines only 66 miles from the coast of Florida.

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Recently, social media users have been circulating a video claiming to show Russia conducting marine exercises with nuclear submarines only 66 miles from the coast of Florida.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

Russian Submarine Tests Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles In White Sea

Misbar's team found that the video dates back to May 2018 when a Russian nuclear-powered submarine was testing the launch of four intercontinental ballistic missiles in the White Sea.

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The Russian navy announced that the submarine Yuri Dolgoruky, named after the medieval prince who founded Moscow, successfully launched four Bulava missiles in a single salvo from a submerged position in the White Sea. The mock warheads carried by the missiles reached their practice targets on the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula. This marked the first simultaneous launch of four Bulava missiles, which are capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and have a range of up to 9,300 kilometers (about 5,770 miles.)

Putin Demands Ukrainian Submission to End the War

President Vladimir Putin declared that Russia will only cease its conflict in Ukraine if Kyiv surrenders the entirety of four disputed regions claimed by Moscow and renounces its NATO aspirations. In a detailed address on Friday preceding a peace summit in Switzerland, from which Russia is excluded, Putin outlined his terms for a definitive resolution to the war with more specificity than ever since the invasion began over two years ago.

In addition to vacating the four contested territories in eastern and southern Ukraine, Putin insisted on Ukrainian demilitarization and the removal of Western sanctions on Russia, which have inflicted damage on its economy without causing its collapse.

These demands, more stringent than any previously hinted at by Putin, underscore Russia's inability to achieve its initial war objectives, which aimed at swiftly capturing Kyiv and the rest of Ukraine. After nearly 28 months, Russia controls approximately a fifth of Ukrainian land, including the Crimea region annexed a decade ago.

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G7 Leaders Warn China’s Support For Russia Is Fueling War In Ukraine

During the annual Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy, world leaders strongly criticized China's ongoing support for Russia's defense industry as contributing to the continuation of the illegal war in Ukraine. The leaders emphasized the serious security implications of China's actions and urged Beijing to halt the transfer of dual-use materials to Russia's military sector.

Furthermore, the G7 leaders warned of potential sanctions against Chinese entities that are assisting Russia in circumventing Western embargoes. They declared their intention to take action against financial institutions and other entities in China facilitating Russia's acquisition of defense materials.

In their joint statement, the G7 nations pledged to implement restrictive measures to prevent misuse and to limit Russia's access to their financial systems. The leaders made it clear that they will not tolerate any support that enables Russia to sustain its military aggression in Ukraine.

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