Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Russian Paratroopers Landing in Ukraine

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Russian Paratroopers Landing in Ukraine Old Video

Does this video show Russian paratroopers landing in Ukraine? No, that's not true: It is an old video of a military training exercise.

The video showed up in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. An example is this tweet published by @WorldNewsWWIII on February 24, 2022 (archived here), which reads:

BREAKING; Russian military paratroopers landed in Ukraine, near Kharkov. . . . #UkraineRussiaConflict #Ukraine #Russia #WWIII #WW3 #Kiev https://t.co/HTB6AVv2WL

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Thu Feb 24 07:28:57 2022 UTC)

However, weather in Kyiv is currently overcast as the livestream of Maidan Square in Kyiv, Ukraine shows:


(Source: Screenshot taken on Thu Feb 24 07:29:42 2022 UTC)

The video appears to be at least several years old, most likely from the Vostok military exercises in 2018:

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  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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