Fake: Russian Troops Destroyed Oil Depot in Syria

Russia’s Defense Ministry published a video on December 2 showing  Russian troops seemingly attacking an oil storage facility held by “The Islamic state” fighters near the Es-Saura settlement in Syria.

Using the Defense Ministry video as a source, Russian mass media proceeded to report about extensive damage done to “Islamic state” infrastructure by Russian forces. RIA Novosti, Vzglyad, Russia Today, Russkaya Vesna and others published this news.

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After the publication of this video, bloggers identified the target of the Russian attacks as grain elevators and not oil storage facilities. There really is a facility located near the Es-Saura settlement which coincides with pictures in this video. Wikimapia identifies these structures as “Silos” (i.e. – grain elevators).

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Another important detail disputing the claim that these were oil facilities  is the lack of  black smoke which normally rises as a result oil burning. For example, here is a photo from an oil depot fire near Kiev in June, 2015.

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Most likely Russian aircraft bombed the grain handling facilities of the Canadian Skyway Grain Systems  company which built 12 elevators in the north of Syria (two lines on 6 units).

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Here is another picture of the same site from the Esyria website, the caption “Es-Saura Granary Center.”

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