Fact Check: 'Ukraine Now' Video Does NOT Show Ukraine -- It Shows Kentucky in 2021

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: 'Ukraine Now' Video Does NOT Show Ukraine -- It Shows Kentucky in 2021 Tornado Damage

Does a video claiming to show "Ukraine now" in fact show Ukraine now? No, that's not true: The video shows western Kentucky in December 2021, after the area was hit by devastating and deadly tornados.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on February 27, 2022. It includes a roughly 20-second video and a caption that reads:

Ukraine now #reel

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

Screen Shot 2022-03-04 at 7.56.46 AM.png Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Mar 4 14:53:10 2022 UTC)

Contrary to its caption, the footage does not show Ukraine in February 2022; it shows western Kentucky in 2021. The area was hard hit by tornados in December 2021.

National Public Radio (NPR) posted the video on December 11, 2021, as seen here. A side-by-side comparison of the two videos can be seen below:


NPR credited photojournalist Brandon Clement, who published the footage to his Twitter account. See below:

Clement identified the video's location as Mayfield, Kentucky, one of the towns devastated by the December 2021 tornados. In his video, you can see the name "Mayfield" on the side of what remains of a building. The Facebook video was edited to exclude that shot.

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

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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