Fact Check: Compilation Video Does NOT Show Only Clips From Russia-Ukraine Conflict

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Compilation Video Does NOT Show Only Clips From Russia-Ukraine Conflict Other Events

Does a compilation video posted on Facebook show only war footage from the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict? No, that's not true: Although at least one of the clips in the video shows footage of the conflict, many are unrelated to the war in Ukraine.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published on March 9, 2022. It included the compilation video, titled "Russia vs. Ukraine war." The caption reads in part:

#r #RIP #rock #reels #repost #russia #realtor #realestate #recent4recent #reelsinstagram Russia vs Ukraine war

The rest of the caption included phrases such as "russia ukraine conflict," "russia ukraine breaking news" and "russia ukraine timeline 2022," indicating that the video was posted so that it would be perceived as content related to the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook on March 14, 2022:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Mar 14 17:06 2022 UTC)

A composite image of the phrases in the caption is included below:

ru uk sarah's composite image.jpg

(Source: Lead Stories staff)

A fact check of the compilation video from Indonesian news website Tempo noted that several of the clips in the video had nothing to do with the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict. An exception was a clip used in the video between the 8:29 and 8:49 marks. The clip showed footage of a convoy of Russian military vehicles facing the Ukrainian border and was posted on February 25, 2022, by Sky News.

Lead Stories verified that many of the other clips showed events that occurred before the start of the conflict. Timestamps and findings are listed below:

Green Griffin 21 (beginning at 0:27)

This clip appears to show footage of Green Griffin 21 joint combat drills held by U.S. and German soldiers in 2021. Footage of the event was posted here on October 17, 2021.

UNITAS 2021 (beginning at 3:15)

This clip appears to show highlights from an amphibious landing during UNITAS 2021, a multinational military training conducted by the U.S. military and hosted by Peru. UNITAS footage starting at 1:37 can be seen in the Facebook video at 3:15. The UNITAS video was posted on October 5, 2021.

"Malka" Footage (beginning at 5:29)

Several of these clips of the "Malka," a modernized heavy-duty cannon, were published in an article on December 17, 2019, by RT, a Russian state-controlled news company.

More Lead Stories fact checks related to the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict can be found here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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