FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Ukrainian Strike On A Russian Bridge?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims to show a Ukrainian strike on a Russian train located on a bridge.

Verdict: False

The footage is from a military-based simulation game.

Fact Check:

Russia withdrew from Kherson city last week, a strategically key city, as Ukraine’s counteroffensive continued to make progress, according to NPR. The Russians also blew up several bridges that spanned the Dnipro River during the retreat, Insider reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 47,000 times, claims to show a Russian convoy being destroyed on a bridge. The video’s caption reads, “During the Kherson retreat, Russian troops lost an armored train on a bridge due to a power missile.”

This claim, though, is false. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found the video was posted to YouTube Nov. 14 with the same title. The Facebook video shows footage from ARMA 3, a simulation-based video game published by Bohemia Interactive.

“DISCLAIMER It’s Arma 3 Gameplay video, not real, just a news simulation,” reads the video’s description. (RELATED: Does This Video Show ‘Hundreds’ Of Russian Military Vehicles Being Destroyed?)

The Russian Defense Ministry previously claimed to have successfully defended against Ukrainian attacks against Russian forces retreating from Kherson, according to CNN. Check Your Fact recently fact-checked a claim from the ministry that they did not leave a “single piece” of military equipment during the retreat.

“It is still too early to tell, but everything I see indicate we are seeing a successful retreat. A few losses during the last few days are unavoidable,” DefMon, an open-intelligence source account (OSINT), previously told Check Your Fact.

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