FACT CHECK: No, Video Does Not Show Aftermath Of Russian Strike On Ukraine

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter
A video shared on Twitter claims to show the aftermath of a Russian strike on Ukraine.

Verdict: False

The video dates back to January 2023. The video was first shared in Iran, not Ukraine.

Fact Check:

Russia struck the city of Ternopil May 13 with missile strikes, according to NBC News. The New Voice of Ukraine reported that a humanitarian aid warehouse was struck, though Check Your Fact could not independently verify that claim.

The Twitter video claims to show the aftermath of a Russian strike on Ukraine. The tweet reads, “Kharkiv resources write that the video is from the place of arrival.”

However, the video predates the Russian strikes in May. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is from January 2023 and was shared on an Iranian news site, claiming it showed an oil factory on fire. France 24 reported that a fire broke out at a motor oil production plant in Shahid Salimi.

The video was also shared on Twitter at the time by various accounts, such as Clash Report. These accounts reported that the video was from Iran.

This claim was also debunked by Greek fact-checker Arsenios Keklikoğlu on Twitter. (RELATED: Have 100,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Died In The Russian-Ukrainian War?)

NOT Geoconfirmed UKR This video footage also has circulated online in January, 2023, in reports about a fire in Shaheed Salimi, Azarshahr #Iran (01:25 on the video in the article below) It can’t be #Kherson, May 2023…” Keklikoğlu tweeted. 

Elias Atienza

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