Traces of an explosion in the port of Beirut lead to Ukraine

Traces of an explosion in the port of Beirut that occurred in August 2020 lead to Ukraine, journalists from an international investigative group found out.

The cargo of ammonium nitrate that was detonated belonged to Savaro. It is part of a whole network of companies, including offshore companies, behind which is Ukrainian businessman Volodymyr Vernobol.

More than 3,000 tons of explosives were to be delivered from Georgia to Mozambique. In 2013, a ship carrying saltpeter sank into Beirut due to engine problems. The Lebanese port declared the dry cargo ship unfit to put to sea. In 2014, the shipowner went bankrupt and the dangerous chemical it was delivering was confiscated.

The saltpeter detonated in a port warehouse last August 4, allegedly due to careless welding work. The explosion killed more than 200 people, injured 6,000 and left 300,000 homeless.