FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Russian Soldiers Jumping From A Bridge?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows Russian soldiers jumping from a bridge to escape a Ukrainian army advance.

Verdict: False

The footage is from a military-based simulation game.

Fact Check:

The Ukrainian military is conducting a counteroffensive in Luhansk, seeking to recapture Kreminna and Svatove, according to Ukrinform. Russia is continuing offensive operations in the Donetsk region and is constructing defensive positions in Kherson, the outlet reported.

The Facebook video, viewed more than 28,000 times, claims to show Russian soldiers jumping from a bridge. The video’s caption reads, “Huge Crowd of Russian Soldiers Jumps from the Bridge to Escape the Ukrainian Army.”

This claim, though, is false. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found the video was posted to YouTube Oct.14 with the same title. The Facebook video shows footage from ARMA 3, a simulation-based video game published by Bohemia Interactive. RELATED: Does This Video Show ‘Hundreds’ Of Russian Military Vehicles Being Destroyed?)

“All videos on this channel are Arma 3 game simulation! hey do not reflect reality and are the product of the author’s imagination! his channel is not for propaganda purposes!” reads the video description.

There have been reports of Russians committing suicide in connection to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.   44-year-old Russian committed suicide after receiving a draft notice, while a Russian rapper, Walkie, killed himself after Russia announced partial mobilization, according to Meduza.

Misinformation around the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not new. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video claiming to show a Ukrainian attack on a Russian bridge.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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