FACT CHECK: Did The Ukrainians Push The Russians Out Of Kherson?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports Ukrainian forces pushed the Russians out of Kherson during their counteroffensive in the area.

Verdict: Misleading

While the Ukrainians have made advances in Kherson, they have not pushed the Russians out of the oblast. One of the GoPro videos featured is from a different theater of war.

Fact Check:

Ukrainehas launched counter offensives against Russian forces to recapture the Kherson and Kharkiv regions, according to CNBC. Thousands of citizens in the Kherson region have been relocated as fighting in the Oblast intensified, The New York Times reported.

The Facebook post claims Ukraine pushed Russia out of Kherson. It also claims to show “Extreme GoPro” footage from fighting in the region. The video was shared on YouTube and currently has over 5,000 views. (RELATED: Does This Image Show A Destroyed Russian Tank?)

While Ukrainian forces have made advances, Russian troops have not been fully expelled from the Oblast. Significant swathes of northeast Kherson were recaptured by Ukrainian troops in early October, according to the Institute for the Study of War. Though the Russians might be preparing to withdraw from Kherson City, they are still in control of the city and other parts of the oblast, the think tank stated in its Oct. 19 report.

“Surovikin‘s and Saldo’s statements are likely attempts to set information conditions for a full Russian retreat across the Dnipro River, which would cede Kherson City and other significant territory in Kherson Oblast to advancing Ukrainian troops,” the Oct. 19 report states.

Furthermore, One of the clips in the YouTube video shows the Kraken Unit, a Ukrainian volunteer regiment, fighting in Kupyansk, a town in Kharkiv Oblast. Kupyansk was liberated by Ukraine in early September, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

“Combat footage of the Ukrainian Special Unit “Kraken” during the liberation of Kup’yans’k-Vuzlovyi,” reads the tweet.

Misinformation regarding the Russia-Ukraine war has circulated on social media since its start in February. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video claiming to show a Russian submarine captured by Ukrainian forces.

Elias Atienza

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