Fact Check: Ukraine Gun Battle Is From 2018 NOT 2022

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Ukraine Gun Battle Is From 2018 NOT 2022 2018 Footage

Did this footage of a gun battle between Ukraine and Russia get caught on camera in 2022? No, that's not true: Sky News' YouTube channel posted this exact video on August 3, 2018, with the title, "On the frontline in Ukraine | Hotspots." The 2:51-long clip seen on Facebook starts nine minutes 41 seconds into the YouTube video.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 24, 2022. The caption on the video reads:

Ukraine gun battle caught on camera

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

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Mar 25 14:20:12 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories did a reverse image search and found the original video. The Facebook video starts at 9:41 in the original YouTube version.

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(Source: YouTube screenshot taken on Mar 25 15:32:14 2022 UTC)

The original video, titled "On the frontline in Ukraine | Hotspots," can be seen on Sky News' YouTube channel. Sky News posted this video on August 3, 2018.

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

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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