FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Vehicles On Fire Near Belgorod

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on X claims to show vehicles on fire on a road near Belgorod.

Verdict: False

The video is from January 2022. It was taken in Kazakhstan, not Russia.

Fact Check:

Belgorod regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that schools and shopping malls would be temporarily closed as pro-Ukrainian forces upped attacks on border regions, according to CNN. (RELATED: No, Navy JAG Did Not Hang Arati Prabhakar For Treason)

Social media users are sharing a video of vehicles on fire, claiming it was taken in Belgorod. One user wrote, “The center of Belgorod. The residents of this city often rejoiced when their military shelled Kharkiv. Now there seems to be no joy in their voices.”

Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is from January 2022 and was taken in a completely different country. The video was originally shared to X in January 2022 and identifies the location as Almaty, Kazakhstan.

BBC Verify reporter Shayan Sardarizadeh also debunked the claim in a March 13 tweet.

“This video is going viral with claims that it shows vehicles on fire on a road in the Russian city of Belgorod today. The clip is actually from January 2022, filmed during anti-government protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan,” Sardarizadeh tweeted.

Elias Atienza

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