FACT CHECK: Failed Russian Missile Launch Is From 2015, Not Recent

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on X claims to show a failed Russian missile launch.

Verdict: Misleading

The video is from 2015.

Fact Check:

Ukraine claimed a missile strike hit a postal depot in Kharkiv, which killed six workers and wounded 16 others, according to The New York Times. Ukraine said it was a Russian missile, with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine condemning the attack, the outlet reported.

Social media users have been sharing a video claiming it shows a failed Russian missile launch in 2023. The video’s caption reads, “Russian army in the year 2023…”

This claim, however, is misleading. The video has been circulating since 2015. Check Your Fact found it was posted to the website military.com on April 21, 2015.

“A Russian S300 Missile, which Putin is selling to Iran, fails to launch in Ukraine,” reads the video description. (RELATED: Hamas Official Falsely Claims Group Did Not Kill Any Civilians)

Check Your Fact could not verify the location is in Ukraine, though Russia has sold S-300 anti-air missile systems to Iran. The S-300 system is a “family of Russian-made surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems capable of engaging aircraft and UAVs in addition to providing some cruise and ballistic missile defense capability,” according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Missile Threat Project.

Check Your Fact has consistently debunked false or misleading claims about the Russian-Ukrainian war. Recently, Check Your Fact debunked a claim that the Russian-Ukrainian war was over.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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