Fact Check: Ukraine Invasion Video Livestream Uses 2015 Chinese Explosion Footage

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Ukraine Invasion Video Livestream Uses 2015 Chinese Explosion Footage China

Is video footage being used in a livestream that purports to show the Russian invasion of Ukraine real? No, that's not true: The livestreamer uses looped footage that includes images of a giant explosion that happened in Tianjin, China in 2015.

The footage appeared in a live video stream on Facebook where it was published by Artes R on February 24, 2022, under the title "OMG!!! Russia just attacked Ukraine! Look at this footage 🀯." This is what the video looked like:

(Source: Screenshot taken by Lead Stories on February 24, 2022)

Footage of the Chinese explosion has been widely available on the internet, for example here:

You can read more about the Chinese explosion here.


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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