FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show The ‘Ukrainian Headquarters’ Exploding?
A video shared on Facebook purportedly shows the “Ukrainian headquarters” exploding after being bombed by the Russians.
The video shows a massive blast in Beirut, Lebanon, in August 2020.
Russian bombs and missiles continue to hit parts of Ukraine as fighting rages across the country, The New York Times reported. A video shared on Facebook claims to show the “Ukrainian headquarters” after it was bombed by the Russians.
The video shows a huge cloud of black smoke emanating from a city building that moments later erupts into a massive fireball. “Russia bombed the Ukrainian headquarters,” reads the post’s caption.
While media outlets have documented several explosions across Ukraine, the Facebook video does not show the aftermath of a Russian bombing. A reverse image search reveals it actually shows a massive explosion that occurred in Beirut, Lebanon in August 2020. The same video was uploaded to YouTube in August 2021 by the Los Angeles Times in a post titled “The Beirut Explosion: One Year Later.”
“The blast — the third-largest non-nuclear explosion in history — pushed out a fireball miles into the air, followed by a hemispherical shock wave that raced inland for six miles at supersonic speed,” reads the YouTube video’s description. (RELATED: Does This Video Show A Russian Cruise Missile Striking Kyiv, Ukraine?)
Check Your Fact traced the video to a Twitter user who initially posted it on Aug. 4, 2020, garnering over 10,000 likes and over 8,700 reshares. “Another video of the explosion at Beirut Port,” reads the tweet.
— Mohammad Hijazi (@mhijazi) August 4, 2020
The blast emanated from a port warehouse where 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were improperly stored, according to The New York Times. The highly-explosive chemicals erupted after a fire broke out at the warehouse, the outlet reported. The explosion killed over 200 people, injured at least 6,500 others and destroyed several neighborhoods, according to Al-Jazeera.
This is not the first time a video of an explosion has been falsely linked to the current situation in Ukraine. Check Your Fact previously debunked a video claiming to show a Russian cruise missile hitting Kyiv, Ukraine.