FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show A Fake Dead Body In The Russian-Ukrainian Conflict?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A post shared on Twitter claims to show a person being given makeup to resemble a dead body in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

Verdict: False

The images show a training exercise, not the actual aftermath of any fighting. The photos also predate the current conflict in Ukraine.

Fact Check:

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“Fake War Ukraine Photos from the phone of an employee of the Ukrainian CIPSO shocked everyone The photo shows how the girl is being made up. Then they put it on the asphalt and take a picture,” reads the tweet.

The image, however, can be traced back to 2016 and is part of a training exercise. At least one of the images was shared on the Instagram account of a woman who identifies as a Ukrainian combat medic. She also appears to be the same woman in two of the images in the Twitter post

The Instagram post is accompanied by the number 44, which is a reference to the Ukrainian medical training center 44Center. 44Center hosts medical trainings, and it appears that this woman participated in at least one exercise.

A Twitter account with a similar handle to the Instagram account, @deathkitty0401, claimed that “enemy propagandists” stole her photos from training exercises in 2016.

“Enemy propagandists stole my photos from training sessions in 2016 from Instagram and passed it off as a successful exposure of the special operation of the Ukrainian IPSO on production videos in Kherson,” reads the tweet.

The website Hoaxeye, which regularly debunks and explains viral and fake images, was the first to fact-check this claim. Politifact also debunked the claim.

Check Your Fact has debunked claims that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is fake, including a video claiming to show a Ukrainian reservist faking reactions for the camera and that there was no “raw footage” of the war.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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