Fact Check: Video Of Destroyed City Does NOT Show 'Present Situation' In Ukraine

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Video Of Destroyed City Does NOT Show 'Present Situation' In Ukraine Before The War

Does a video showing a destroyed city highlight the "present situation" in Ukraine during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict? No, that's not true: The video used as evidence of the "present situation" is footage from at least 2020 that seems to show the aftermath of explosions in Lebanon.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) on March 7, 2022. It had a video of a city with severely damaged infrastructure. Translated from French, the title of the video read:

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This is what the post looked like on Facebook on March 7, 2022:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Mar 7 16:14 2022 UTC)

Although Lead Stories could not determine the origin of the video, several other versions of the video were posted online in 2020 (here, here and a shortened version here). The captions of these videos all claim that the footage shows the aftermath of a pair of explosions at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon. Those explosions took place on August 4, 2020, and killed more than 200 people.

The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine began in late February 2022, much later than the aforementioned appearances of the video online. While there have been several destructive attacks on Ukraine from Russia that have left hundreds of Ukrainians injured or dead, this video is not representative of that conflict.

Other Lead Stories fact checks about 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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