FACT CHECK: Viral Video Misleads On Death Of Russian Officer

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims the 2nd highest-ranking general of the Russian Army was eliminated near Mariupol.

Verdict: Misleading

The video talks about the death of a Russian colonel in Luhansk, which is a different area than Mariupol.

Fact Check:

The Facebook video, viewed more than 18,000 times, claims that a high-ranking general of the Russian Army was eliminated near Mariupol. “Russian 2nd army TOP general ELIMINATED with ingenious tactic near Mariupol!” the post’s caption reads. The video, though, talks about the death of a Russian officer named Denis Ivanov.

The video and the video’s caption misleads about the circumstances of Ivanov’s death. Ivanov was a Russian colonel, not the 2nd Army’s “Top General.” He was killed in Luhansk oblast, according to Newsweek. The reports do not indicate where in Luhansk he was killed, but Mariupol is located in the Donetsk oblast, not Luhansk. (RELATED: Did 27,000 Russians Surrender In Ukraine?)

There is no evidence that Ivanov was fighting in southern Ukraine. A report from a media outlet aligned with Russia states that “Rubizhne, Severodonetsk, Lisichansk and many villages” were taken by Ivanov during his service with the Russian military and the self-proclaimed separatist Luhansk People’s Republic.

Oleg Tsokov, the deputy commander of the Russian Southern Military District, was killed in Berdyansk in mid-July, according to BBC News. Google Maps shows that Berdyansk is about 85 kilometers away from Mariupol.

Misinformation around the Russian-Ukrainian war is not new. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video claiming Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin said the mercenary company would return to the frontlines in August.

Elias Atienza

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