FACT CHECK: Does Video Of Blast Show Air Strikes In Odesa?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows a video of a Russian air strike in Odesa.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. This video does not show Odesa.

Fact Check:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked the Danish Parliament for their aid that was recently announced, The Guardian reported. Zelenskyy warned that if Russia is successful in Ukraine, he will invade other parts of Europe.

The Facebook post claims to show a clip of missiles striking the Ukrainian city of Odesa. The video shows smoke behind an apartment building before a blast sweeps over the city.

The caption reads, “It has just started Russia and Ukraine war, I see world war 3 coming, just watch the recent video👉🏻👉🏻👉🏻The port has it that  Russian missiles hit  two British cargo ships deliver​ing​ weapons to the Ukrainian army, triggering a massive explosion. The 🇬🇧 & 🇺🇸 Government must stop using 🇺🇦 as proxy to fight 🇷🇺This is just the beginning.”

The claim is false. There is no credible news report that suggests this video was taken of Odesa. The video is of a blast in Beirut a video on YouTube from 2020 shows the same building collapsing.  Another post on Twitter from 2020 shows another one of the clips. The caption claims the video was taken in Beirut.

Odesa has been the target of Russian missile strikes. The New York Times reported that Russia pulled out of an agreement with Ukraine that allowed grain to be transported through the black Sea from the port in Odesa. CNN shared a genuine video of a Russian missile strikes that hit Odesa. (RELATED: Did Illinois Pass A Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants To Apply For The Police Force?)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim the Wagner Group assassinated the Russian Defense Minister.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter