FAKE: On February 18, 2022, the Druzhba pipeline caught fire in Luhansk

FAKE: On February 18, 2022, the Druzhba pipeline caught fire in Luhansk

30 April 2022

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Social media spread information about the Armed Forces allegedly blowing up the “Luhanskgaz” gas distribution hub in Luhansk near Mala Verhunka, causing fires in the Druzhba pipeline.

A screenshot of the Facebook post

An explosion in Luhansk: the AFU blew up the Druzhba pipeline

However, this is fake news.

The Druzhba pipeline does not run through the territory of the Luhanskgaz distribution hub in Luhansk, where the explosion occurred. The pipeline passes through the central and western regions of Ukraine.

An  image of the main russian gas pipelines to Europe, including the Druzhba (“Brotherhood”) pipeline


A screenshot of the location of the Luhanskgaz gas distribution hub in Mala Verhunka 

100% of the gas goes around the russian-occupied Luhansk region.

Сhairperson of the board of Naftogaz Ukraine, Yuriy Vitrenko, said Ukraine currently has nothing to do with the Druzhba pipeline. After the invasion of russian troops in 2014, Ukraine lost control of the pipeline, and it got disconnected from Ukraine’s gas transportation system. It is not used for gas transit, so there could be no explosion on Ukraine’s territory.


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