FACT CHECK: Post Claims Image Showing Ukrainian Losses Is Generated By Artificial Intelligence
A post shared on Twitter claims images showing Ukrainian armored losses are generated by artificial intelligence.
This image is a fraud, created via AI.
Supporters of russia, you go right ahead and believe this fraud. I have no objections at all. Supporters of Ukraine, Ukraine has taken at least five villages in the last day. The russian army in the last two days has lost immense amounts of… pic.twitter.com/gZPsjCjTds
— Aleksandr X (@AleksandrX13) June 12, 2023
The images have been verified as legitimate by open-source intelligence (OSINT) accounts. There is no evidence these images are created by artificial intelligence.
Ukraine lost several armored vehicles, such as Bradleys and Leopard 2 tanks, during its push against Russian defenses south of Mala Tokmachka, according to Forbes. The U.S. is sending a $325 million military aid package to Ukraine that would replace the vehicle losses, Voice of America reported.
Social media users are claiming that images showing destroyed and damaged Ukrainian armor were created by artificial intelligence. One user claimed that the image was a “fraud, created via AI.” (RELATED: Did The Leaked Pentagon Documents Show Ukraine Suffered 71,000 Dead?)
However, these claims are false. The image showing the Ukrainian losses is legitimate, according to OSINT accounts and reporters. Oryx, a military analysis website that tracks equipment losses in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, used the images to show that Ukraine lost more equipment, such as Leopard 2R mine-clearing tanks and Bradleys.
#UkraineWar: Newly added Ukrainian losses.
— Oryx (@oryxspioenkop) June 11, 2023
Oryx uses visual evidence to confirm losses. CNN cited Oryx to note that Ukraine has lost 16 Bradleys. Shayan Sardarizadeh, a BBC Verify reporter, said that the images showing the destroyed Ukrainian equipment were “genuine.”
I’ve seen viral tweets claiming these images, which show Leopard and Bradley tanks belonging to Ukraine damaged by Russian forces, are doctored or AI-generated.
The images are genuine. There’s also a verified video of the incident, which happened in Zaporizhzhia Oblast. https://t.co/HnyhN15zz7
— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) June 12, 2023
“I’ve seen viral tweets claiming these images, which show Leopard and Bradley tanks belonging to Ukraine damaged by Russian forces, are doctored or AI-generated. The images are genuine. There’s also a verified video of the incident, which happened in Zaporizhzhia Oblast,” Sardarizadeh tweeted.
Naalsio, an OSINT account that tracks Russian losses for Oryx and Warspotting, explained on Twitter why the image showing Ukrainian losses was genuine.
This is silly.
1. Drone digital zoom edge-enchancing can look like cloning/AI fakery sometimes.
2. The “Big MRAP” is a MaxxPro with mine rollers, so its presence makes sense.
3. The losses in the distance were previously seen from other angles.https://t.co/xBElorrQRq
— Naalsio (@naalsio26) June 12, 2023
“This is silly. 1. Drone digital zoom edge-enchancing can look like cloning/AI fakery sometimes. 2. The “Big MRAP” is a MaxxPro with mine rollers, so its presence makes sense. 3. The losses in the distance were previously seen from other angles,” Naalsio tweeted.
Then there is also the original video where the screenshots are taken from. So picture the “confirmed as AI generated” is actually a video. I do not see why both of these videos would be done in After Effects. 3/5 pic.twitter.com/kzAGfHYig0
— Emil Kastehelmi (@emilkastehelmi) June 12, 2023
GeoConfirmed, an account that verifies locations of videos and images taken during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, verified that the images were taken in Ukraine.
GeoConfirmed UKR [CO] – Tokmak axis
“UKR armored vehicles (Bradleys, Tanks, Recovery tank) left behind or destroyed on the West flank of the Tokmak Axis.”
note: some of the losses were older.
— GeoConfirmed (@GeoConfirmed) June 12, 2023
Check Your Fact also ran the image through Hive AI detector and AI or Not, websites that analyze whether or not an image was created by artificial intelligence. Both websites stated that the images were not created by artificial intelligence.