Fact Check: Ukrainians Did NOT Post A Russian Tank On eBay

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Ukrainians Did NOT Post A Russian Tank On eBay Fake Listing

Did Ukrainians put a Russian tank on sale on eBay? No, that's not true: When Lead Stories searched eBay, we did not find this listing. We only found listings for books about Russian tanks and models of tanks. Also, this tank image has been on the Internet as far back as November 12, 2010.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 2, 2022. The caption reads:

Ukrainians are selling Russian Tanks. And I am interested...but how much is shipping?

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 Thu Mar 3 16:42:51 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories searched for "Used Russian T-72 tank - Fully functional" in eBay, just as it is shown in the Facebook post. No exact matches were found at this time. The matches that were found were reading material about tanks from Russia.

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(Source: eBay screenshot taken on Thu Mar 3 16:49:53 2022 UTC)

A reverse image search of the tank shows that this image has been online as early as November 12, 2010.

More Lead Stories fact checks about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine 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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