FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Tokyo Billboard With Anti-Zelenskyy Messaging
A video shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, claims to show a billboard in Tokyo, Japan with anti-Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy messaging.
📍🇯🇵 “Stop Zelensky, Stop War!” In Japan pic.twitter.com/ZCSGsjVCBH
— Jackson Hinkle 🇺🇸 (@jacksonhinklle) July 31, 2023
The video is from 2020 and does not show any messaging related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Zelenskyy warned war was “returning” to Russia in a new wave of rhetoric against the country following a series of drone attacks in the country, according to NBC News. Russia is seeking to step up air defenses following the attacks, the outlet reported.
The video, which has over 765,000 impressions on the site formerly known as Twitter, claims to show a digital billboard saying, “Stop Zelenskyy, Stop War.” It was tweeted by Jackson Hinkle, a YouTuber.
This video, however, has been digitally altered to include the anti-Zelenskyy message. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is taken from an October 2020 YouTube video titled,”【4K HDR】Night Walk in Tokyo Shibuya (東京散歩).” (RELATED: Pentagon Claims Last Time U.S. Used Cluster Munitions Was In 2003)
In the video, it shows a different advertisement. Furthermore, the video shows the same crowd, including the same person with a face mask, at the edge of the sidewalk. There is no evidence that the original video contained anything related to Zelenskyy.
Check Your Fact reached out to Hinkle for comment and will update this article if a response is provided.
This is not the first time a false claim about the Russian-Ukrainian war has gone viral. Check Your Fact previously debunked a Twitter video purporting Zelenskyy said he did not know who blew up the Kerch Bridge.