FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Russian Equipment Left In Izyum?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims to show Russian military equipment left following a Russian retreat in Izyum, Ukraine.

Verdict: Misleading

The video was geolocated to Crimea, not the town of Izyum.

Fact Check:

Russian military forces withdrew from the Kharkiv region, including Izyum, following a sweeping counteroffensive by Ukrainian troops, according to The New York Times. Ukrainians also captured large quantities of damaged or abandoned Russian vehicles, Radio Free Europe/Liberty reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 19,000 times, shows someone on a motorcycle filming Russian vehicles that were reportedly left behind. “Russia has gifted all this gear to Ukraine only in Izyum,” the post’s caption reads.

The video is not from Izyum. While Check Your Fact could not definitively determine the origin of the video, many experts pinpoint the video to a base in Crimea. Benjamin Pitet, a former investigator with the Center for Information Resilience, located the video to a former ammo depot. Check Your Fact also geolocated the video to Azovs’ke, a town in Crimea.

James Rushton, a Kyiv-based analyst, told Check Your Fact that the video was taken in Crimea. UA Weapons Tracker, a Twitter account that tracks vehicle and material losses in Ukraine, also said that the video was taken in Crimea.

Jakub Janovsky, a contributor to Oryx and Bellingcat, said on Twitter that the video is from a “maintenance facility.” (RELATED: FACT CHECK: Has Russia Withdrawn All Troops from Ukraine?)

“People need to stop posting this useless video – it is from Crimea, and it is a maintenance facility. And please stop tagging me 50 times under content that I already saw and commented about,” Janovsky tweeted.

Misinformation regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has spread widely on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting the Russian military ceased all attacks in Ukraine.

Elias Atienza

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