FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Road Out Of Bakhmut?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter
A video shared on Twitter claims to show Ukrainian forces trying to get out of Bakhmut in April 2023.

Verdict: False

The video is from January 2023. It shows Torske, which is 60 kilometers away from Bakhmut.

Fact Check:

Ukraine is currently holding onto a part of Bakhmut as pro-Russian forces, led by the private military company Wagner Group, attempt to capture the entirety of the city, according to Reuters.

The Twitter video, viewed more than 70,000 times, claims to show Ukrainian forces trying to leave Bakhmut. The video’s caption reads, “UAF tried to leave Artemovsk/Bakhmut along the road, which is under the fire control of PMC ‘Wagner’ After arriving in front of the nose, they decided to return to their hole.”

However, the video is from January 2023, not April, as claimed by the Twitter video. Through a reverse image and keyword search, Check Your Fact found that the video is from January 2023.

GeoConfirmed, a Twitter account that geolocates videos and images from the Russian-Ukrainian war, debunked the claim. Check Your Fact confirmed the geolocation cited in the tweet.

“Another disinformation attempt by @Spriter99880. This is from before 05 JAN 2023 and is 60km north from Bakhmut (Torske),” GeoConfirmed tweeted. (RELATED: Did The Leaked Pentagon Documents Show Ukraine Suffered 71,000 Dead?)

The account that posted the claim has spread misinformation before. Check Your Fact previously debunked a video from the account claiming to show a recent interception of a U.S. P-8 Poseidon in the Black Sea.

Elias Atienza

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