Fact Check: US Is NOT Sending Fighter Jets To Help Ukraine Fight Russia And This Video Does NOT Show Jets

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: US Is NOT Sending Fighter Jets To Help Ukraine Fight Russia And This Video Does NOT Show Jets Not A Jet

Does this video prove the United States is sending fighter jets to help Ukraine fight Russia? No, that's not true: U.S. Air Force Capt. M. Ryan Goss said the video doesn't show U.S. fighter jets, and the video was published on an Egyptian news website in 2016.

The claim appeared in a Facebook video on June 30, 2022, under the title "US sends fighter jets to help Ukraine fight Russia."

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

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jul 5 15:26:23 2022 UTC)

In a July 5, 2022, email to Lead Stories, Goss, with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa Headquarters at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, wrote:

... that video looks like a standard unloading of a cargo plane, not related to the Ukraine conflict. Also, in the first part of the video the uniforms being worn are outdated. The U.S. Air Force stopped wearing the ABUs [Airman Battle Uniform] roughly 2 years ago. Additionally, there are no fighter jets in the video ...

Goss confirmed to Lead Stories that it looks like a C-17 cargo plane with an AH-64 Apache helicopter being unloaded in the video.

The video also appeared on Masrawy.com, an Egyptian news website, on January 16, 2016. Translated by Google Translate into English, the headline of the video reads:

Video and photos -the moment the Apache landed from a military cargo plane

It shows the exact same video as in the Facebook post.

Lead Stories previously debunked the claim that U.S. Air Force F35s were carrying out air raids in the Black Sea, destroying Russian forces.

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

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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