FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Russian Su-27 Shot Down In Belgorod

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims to show a Russian Su-27 shot down in Belgorod in March 2024.

Verdict: False

The video is from February 2022.

Fact Check:

Pro-Ukrainian Russian groups, such as the Freedom of Russia Legion and the Siberia Battalion, launched attacks against Russian border areas in mid-March, according to Business Insider.

Social media users are sharing a video of smoke-filled air, claiming it shows a Russian Su-27 being shot down in Belgorod.

“BREAKING – Russian Su-27 fighter aircraft reportedly shot down over Belgorod, on the Russian side of the border with Ukraine, where the pro-Ukraine Russian Freedom Legion is currently active,” one user wrote.

This claim, however, is false. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is from February 24, 2022, the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The video was shared to Telegram by Nexta Live with the message,”Explosion in a military unit in Kalinovka, Vinnytsia region.”

“GeoConfirmed UKR. ‘Some Russian media report that a Russian Su-27 aircraft was shot down over Belgorod region.’ The video with this claim is a 2 year old video. (07u30, 24 FEB 2022),” GeoConfirmed tweeted.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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