NewsNATO F-16 attack on Russian posts: Romania counters Kremlin's disinformation strategy

NATO F‑16 attack on Russian posts: Romania counters Kremlin's disinformation strategy

F-16 of the Romanian Air Force
F-16 of the Romanian Air Force
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11:13 AM EST, January 31, 2024

The erroneous information was posted on the Ukraine Front Lines profile. It claimed that an F-16C type aircraft, supposedly "launched from the 86th base of the Romanian Air Force in Constanța on January 27," carried out a bombing on a group of Russian soldiers in Brylivka, in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine.

The Romanian Ministry of Defense refuted these claims as early as Monday.

Romanians Expose Fake News

The statement read, "The absurdities contained in the report are not only identifiable by aviation professionals but also by novices." It was highlighted that the 86th base of the Romanian Air Force is not in Constanța but in the town of Borcea, located west of Constanța.

Moreover, it was affirmed that Romania does not possess F-16s of the C version. It was stated that none of the Romanian F-16s took off on January 27.

Defense Only

"Ever since the illicit invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, Romania, a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, has endeavored to strengthen its defense capabilities and deterrence measures," reads the Romanian Ministry of Defense statement.

"The Ministry will respond swiftly to any further instances of the described disinformation attempts," it assured.

Source: Ministry of Defense of Romania/X

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