Fact Check: 2014 video falsely linked to ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine

A video of dead and injured soldiers is being shared on social media with the claim that it shows the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  27 Feb 2022 11:11 AM GMT
Fact Check: 2014 video falsely linked to ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine

Hyderabad: A video of dead and injured soldiers is being shared on social media with the claim that it shows the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.



Meanwhile, a similar video was also shared on a few YouTube channels. Click here and here to see the videos. (TRIGGER WARNING)

Fact Check

The claim is false.

NewsMeter performed a Google reverse image search which led us to a report published by Euromaidanpress on 10 September 2014. The report was titled "Aidar Battalion retrieves bodies of 40 fighters killed in the ambush".

According to the report, "On Monday, September 8, nearly 40 dead fighters of the volunteer battalion, Aidar, and paratroopers of the Ukrainian army, were finally recovered after an agreement was reached with the separatists. On September 5, an hour before the ceasefire went into effect, the terrorists executed an ambush. The new agency www.theinsider.ua reported that they opened fire on a battle group consisting of members of Aidar together with paratroopers from the 80th Independent Airborne Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine."

Taking a cue from this, we searched for similar videos on YouTube which led us to a video uploaded on the YouTube channel 'Dmitry Belykh' on 5 November 2014. The viral clip can be seen from the 11.30-minute mark.

Lastly, we compared screengrabs from the viral video with the original video.

It is evident that the claim made through the viral post is false. The viral video is not linked to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Claim Review:Video of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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