Claim: Israel destroyed the Russian nuclear-powered submarine Kazan on August 9.
Why we fact-checked this: The post containing the claim has over 2,800 reactions, 104 comments, and 155 shares on Facebook, as of writing.
The bottom line: There are no news reports, press releases, videos, photos, or official statements from both the governments of Israel and Russia that document this.
Act of war: Armed conflict or an unexpected call up of armed forces occurs during war between countries, and an attack on a Russian submarine by Israel would have been tantamount to an act of war, if not the existence of a state of war. There are no recent news reports or statements from either Russia or Israel related to being in a state of war with one another.
The Kazan submarine: In May 2021, the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy officially began using the Kazan, the first in a new class of nuclear-powered guided missile submarines.
- The Kazan has been in construction since 2009, intended to carry advanced sea versions of cruise missiles, as well as torpedoes and surface-to-air missiles.
– Sofia Guanzon/Rappler.com
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