- The source of the false information was a Telegram account that claimed that a train transporting self-propelled howitzers to the Polish border with Belarus had been registered at the station in Legnica
- The entry from the Telegram account became the basis of several Russian-language articles, and this information was later reported by the official Belarusian news agency BelTA
- Onet asked the Polish Ministry of National Defense whether the howitzers were actually deployed at the border with Belarus. In response, the ministry denied such a situation
- In the video showing the transport of self-propelled howitzers, American equipment is actually being moved to a training ground in Germany, where the exercises will take place
- You can find more such information on the Onet homepage
It all started with a recording that was shared on November 23 on the Telegram social network. It shows combat vehicles transported by the train, namely self-propelled howitzers. According to the description that was attached to the recording, the situation was supposed to take place at the station in Legnica and the train was going “to the east”.
The account, which shared the recording earlier, published content that presented Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine in a bad light. On the other hand, it praised Russia and Belarus.
The recording began to be disseminated by Internet users. Some of them added information that the transport was from Germany to the east, which implied that it was to the Polish border with Belarus.
Konkret24 cites entries in which there were information that the Americans were responsible for the transport, and more precisely the Pentagon, which transported self-propelled howitzers from Germany to Poland. The website adds that the film was circulated not only on the Polish Internet, but was also made available in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Telegram entry, source of the article in the Belarusian agency
The entry from the Telegram account became the basis of several Russian-language articles in which it was directly suggested that the Americans had deployed combat vehicles at the eastern border of Poland.
One such site was Avia.pro, which published a text titled “The United States has deployed at least 30 M109A7 Paladin SPGs on the border with Russia and Belarus.” This website was referred to by the official Belarusian news agency BelTA.
The agency published an article entitled “The US has deployed at least 30 self-propelled howitzers near the Belarusian-Polish border”. We can read in it that “according to the source, after shifting dozens of tanks, armored vehicles and several thousand military vehicles from NATO to the Belarusian border, it turned out that in addition to this, the USA transferred at least 30 155-mm self-propelled howitzers M109A7 Paladin to the Belarusian-Polish border” . The agency further reports that they were delivered from Germany by several trains and can be used for shelling the territory of Belarus.
Onet asked the Polish Ministry of National Defense whether the howitzers were actually deployed at the border with Belarus. “The US military did not deploy any Paladin howitzers near the border between Poland and Belarus,” the ministry replied.
What does the film really show?
So what can you see in the video posted on the internet? It is true that the recording was made at the station in Legnica. The train, however, does not go eastwards, as suggested, but westwards.
Konkret24 asked about the transport of self-propelled howitzers to the public affairs department of the US Army Europe and Africa. The US military replied that it was a shipment of equipment to the Hohenfels training ground in Germany, where the Combined Resolve exercise will take place.