FACT CHECK: Does This Photo Show Fighter Jets Escorting An Aircraft Carrying Military Equipment For Ukraine?

Trevor Schakohl | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows fighter jets escorting a military aid convoy bound for Ukraine.

Verdict: False

The photo was taken in Nevada in 2017, according to the U.S. Air Force. There is no evidence the fighter jets pictured were escorting equipment headed to Ukraine.

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Several nations have expressed their intentions of providing Ukraine with military aid and assistance, according to Al-Jazeera. President Joe Biden has asked Congress to fund a $10 billion aid package for Ukraine that includes military and economic support, VOA reported.

In the Facebook photo, three fighter jets can be seen flying close together in formation. “F-35 fighter jets escort military aircraft carrying military equipment to Ukraine,” reads the photo’s caption. (RELATED: Does This Video Show A Ukrainian Giving Instructions On How To Drive Abandoned Russian Tanks?)

However, the image predates the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war. A reverse image search found the same photo appeared on the website of Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base. “F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, assigned to the 6th Weapons Squadron, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., fly over the Nevada Test and Training Range July 10, 2017,” reads the image’s caption. The image is credited to Staff Sgt. Daryn Murphy.

The U.S. State Department claimed March 4 that the U.S. had already delivered $240 million in military equipment as part of a $350 million package authorized Feb. 26, according to France 24. There is no indication this aid was escorted into Ukraine by F-35s. Six American F-35 fighter jets were deployed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) eastern flank Feb. 28, National Interest reported.

Several images and videos trending on social media have been falsely attributed to the Russia-Ukraine war. Check Your Fact recently debunked a viral video that purportedly showed a battle between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

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