Fact Check: Video of lightning strike passed off as Russian attack on Ukrainian city

A video claiming to show a Russian attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is going viral on social media.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  27 Feb 2022 11:09 AM GMT
Fact Check: Video of lightning strike passed off as Russian attack on Ukrainian city

Hyderabad: A video claiming to show a Russian attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol is going viral on social media.


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NewsMeter also received the video on WhatsApp.

Fact Check

The claim is false.

NewsMeter analysed the video and found that the loud deafening boom was eerily similar to a lightning strike. We scanned the comment section of one of the posts and found a user who had pointed out that the video did not show the Russian invasion in Ukraine but instead showed a thunderstorm.

Using this as a cue, we split the video into keyframes and conducted a reverse image search with the keywords "lightning" and "thunderstorm". We soon found a tweet with a link to a TikTok video. The tweet read, "This video was posted weeks ago on Tiktok and is NOT showing a military attack."

Hence, the claim that the video shows an attack on the city of Mariupol, Ukraine, is false.

Claim Review:Russian attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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