Fact Check: Image Of Man Hugging Cat Was NOT Taken In Ukraine

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Image Of Man Hugging Cat Was NOT Taken In Ukraine Turkey In 2018

Was an image of a man embracing a kitten while surrounded by rubble taken in Ukraine during the 2022 Russia-Ukraine conflict? No, that's not true: The image was taken in 2018 in Turkey and is not related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 8, 2022. It has the picture of the man and the kitten with a one-word caption:


This is what the post looked like on Facebook on March 10, 2022:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Mar 10 15:54 2022 UTC)

However, the image has nothing to do with Ukraine nor the war being waged there at the time of writing. The image shows then-83-year-old Ali Meşe of Turkey, who lost his home following an accidental stove fire. The Daily Mail reported that the kitten was Meşe's only surviving pet cat. The image was taken in 2018 by photographer İlhami Çetin. Footage of the aftermath of the fire can be found here.

More fact checks related to the ongoing 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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