Ukraine

Fact checks featuring claims seen in the UK about the ongoing war in Ukraine

4 March 2022

Sign telling Russian troops ‘go f*** yourselves’ was Photoshopped

The picture, which went viral online, was designed by the Ukrainian authorities to encourage people to tear down road signs.

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Sign telling Russian troops ‘go f*** yourselves’ was Photoshopped
4 March 2022

Photo of wounded Ukrainian woman near Kharkiv is genuine

Posts on Facebook claim that photographs of a Ukrainian woman injured after an airstrike near Kharkiv actually depict events from 2018. This isn’t the case, and the images are genuine.

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Photo of wounded Ukrainian woman near Kharkiv is genuine
4 March 2022

Video of explosion aftermath is from Lebanon in 2020, not Ukraine

A video shared on social media claims to show an explosion and collapsed buildings in Ukraine, but it actually shows an explosion in Lebanon in 2020.

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Video of explosion aftermath is from Lebanon in 2020, not Ukraine
3 March 2022

Lightning strike video doesn’t show war in Ukraine

The video appeared online almost a month before the Russian invasion.

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Lightning strike video doesn’t show war in Ukraine
2 March 2022

Video shows game footage, not a plane being shot at in Ukraine

The developers of Arma 3 confirmed that the footage came from a modified version of their game.

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Video shows game footage, not a plane being shot at in Ukraine
2 March 2022

Map of Russian nuclear targets in UK dates back to the Cold War

A map being shared on social media suggests potential sites of Russian nuclear strikes across the UK, but the original estimates are now 50 years old, and don't give any …

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Map of Russian nuclear targets in UK dates back to the Cold War
1 March 2022

Pornhub isn’t blocked in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine

This is a rumour that may have begun on Twitter. The site appears to be working normally for users in Russia.

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Pornhub isn’t blocked in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine
1 March 2022

Beirut port explosion footage being mistaken as Ukraine

Video apparently taken from a street in Beirut of the 2020 explosion is being shared as though it was filmed in Ukraine.

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Beirut port explosion footage being mistaken as Ukraine
28 February 2022

CNN did not claim the same man was killed in both Ukraine and Afghanistan

The report came from fake CNN Twitter accounts which have now been suspended. The photo used appears to be of a YouTuber, who is alive.

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CNN did not claim the same man was killed in both Ukraine and Afghanistan
28 February 2022

Video shows explosion at air base, not Ukraine’s main airport

The video actually shows the Melitopol air base.

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Video shows explosion at air base, not Ukraine’s main airport

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