Fact Check: Clip from 2017 documentary shared as Ukrainian soldiers leaving for war

Amidst the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, a video of two women crying as they hug and say goodbye to men dressed in the army uniform is circulating on social media with the claim that it shows Ukrainian soldiers saying goodbye to their families before leaving for war.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  27 Feb 2022 10:57 AM GMT
Fact Check: Clip from 2017 documentary shared as Ukrainian soldiers leaving for war

Hyderabad: Amidst the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, a video of two women crying as they hug and say goodbye to men dressed in the army uniform is circulating on social media with the claim that it shows Ukrainian soldiers saying goodbye to their families before leaving for war.

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Fact Check

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same video in a 2017 documentary video uploaded on YouTube. The video is titled 'The War of Chimeras' and was uploaded on 7 July 2017. Similarities between the viral video and the 2017 video clearly indicate that it is not related to the Russia-Ukraine crisis.


According to IMDb, the video is a war documentary based on a real story that shows the fight at the Ukrainian battle of Ilovaisk in 2014. It was directed by Anastasia Starozhytska and Maria Starozhytska.

In an interview, Anastasiya Starozhytska spoke about the message and the process behind the documentary. Starozhytska's mother Maria is a well-known Ukrainian journalist.

Clearly, the viral video does not show Ukrainian soldiers saying goodbye to their families before leaving for war amid the ongoing tensions with Russia.

Claim Review:A video of Ukrainian soldiers saying goodbye to their families before leaving for war.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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