FACT CHECK: Are Coffins Draped In UK Flags British Soldiers That Were Killed In Ukraine?
A photo shared on Twitter allegedly shows caskets covered in U.K. flags after two British soldiers killed by Russian Su-24 bombers.
REPORTS: Last night in Ukraine, two 🇬🇧British soldiers killed by Russian Su-24 bombers which also annihilated their multi-million $ UK Storm Shadow missiles at Kropivnitskiy airfield. A critically injured UK soldier was airlifted to Poland.
(Info: NATOSpox Yuriy Ignat/File Pic) pic.twitter.com/7wxC27kb75
— Afshin Rattansi (@afshinrattansi) June 5, 2023
The photo is miscaptioned. It was originally published in a BBC article in 2007.
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The Twitter post purports two British soldiers were killed by Russia while in Ukraine. The post shares a photo of three rows of U.K. flags draped over caskets in an aircraft.
“REPORTS: Last night in Ukraine, two British soldiers killed by Russian Su-24 bombers which also annihilated their multi-million $ UK Storm Shadow missiles at Kropivnitskiy airfield,” the tweet reads. “A critically injured UK soldier was airlifted to Poland.” The Twitter user credits the information to a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) spokesperson.
The photo is miscaptioned, however. The image actually stems from a BBC article published in 2007 about 14 military personnel killed after a RAF Nimrod aircraft crashed in Afghanistan. (RELATED: Image Of American Flags Draped Over Caskets Predates Russian-Ukrainian War)
There are no credible news reports about two British soldiers being recently killed by Russian Su-24 bombers.
Check Your Fact has reached out to NATO for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.