FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Proof The Ukraine War Is Staged?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Instagram allegedly shows footage proving claims of staging during the Russian-Ukrainian war.


Verdict: False

The clips in the videos are from various movie and music video sets. There is no evidence suggesting any footage from the conflict is staged.

Fact Check:

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba voiced concerns about losing U.S. aid if Republicans win control of the House, Axios reported. President Joe Biden recently became agitated with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a phone call regarding U.S. aid in June, with the Ukrainian leader reportedly listing off aid he needed “and wasn’t getting,” NBC reported.

The Instagram video shows a compilation of war imagery, including a tank and soldier in pain, being staged and filmed. The narrators of the video imply that the footage is proof the Ukrainian war is fake and compare it to an episode of “Star Trek.”

“Wake up call How they FOOLED about Zelensky & Ukraine,” the caption reads. (RELATED: Does This Photo Show A Gepard Tank Firing At The Sky In Ukraine?)

This claim is false. The first clip is from an upcoming music video and does not show an actual Ukrainian reservist, as Check Your Fact previously debunked.

The second clip is from a London movie set in 2013 which was featured on YouTube in 2013 with the title, “Invasion Planet Earth BTS run for your life Birmingham.” “Invasion Planet Earth” was released in 2019, according to IMDb.

The third clip is from a film set for a Ukrainian movie, according to the Telegram channel of dumskaya.net. The movie’s director, Vladimir Nagorny, said in a Facebook post uploaded Oct. 15 that the “headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine liked the motorcade that we painted and exploded for the film) that’s how fakes appear.”

Check Your Fact debunked a claim in March that there was no “raw footage” of the war available. New footage from the Russian-Ukrainian war is often released by either Ukrainian government agencies, open-source intelligence accounts and supporters of the Russian government.

Elias Atienza

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