Black column of smoke over Moscow: 200 square meters ablaze

In the south of Moscow, a fire reportedly broke out last Thursday. In a video on the short message platform X, formerly Twitter, towering columns of smoke can be seen.

The video was shared by Igor Sushko, who wrote: “Russia: Major electrical substation ‘Chagino’ is on fire in southern Moscow. A different substation in Moscow was knocked out yesterday.” He posted a video to support these claims, which was filmed from a moving car. Near the road, a dark column of smoke can be seen rising meters into the sky. The described video is accessible here (Note: Link leads to the short message service X).

According to the state news agency TASS, a fire covered an area of 200 square meters, as reported by the German news website Numerous firefighters and 20 vehicles are said to have been involved in the firefighting efforts. Reports indicate that the fire also spread to a fuel tank with a capacity of 120 tons.

These claims have not yet been independently verified and/or confirmed. Therefore, they should be considered with caution. In war, it can be advantageous for conflicting parties to deliberately spread false information to strengthen their own position or weaken the opponent’s.

Image:, CC BY 4.0, Vladimir Putin (23-04-2021).jpg, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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