FACT CHECK: Video Showing Joe Biden Saying Russia Occupied Kyiv ‘For 10 Years’ Is Not Real

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on X claims to show President Joe Biden saying that Russia occupied Kyiv, Ukraine for 10 years.

Verdict: False

The video is a deepfake.

Fact Check:

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy spoke with House Speaker Mike Johnson about possible paths for aid to Ukraine, according to Politico.

Social media users are claiming that Biden said he would liberate Kyiv. One user wrote, “Joe Biden says he will liberate Kiev – confusing it with Crimea, ‘occupation that has lasted for 10 years.”

This video is a deepfake. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video likely shows remarks from Biden in February 2024. The topic of his remarks was special counsel Robert Hur’s report about his handling of classified documents, not Ukraine.

“They decided not to move forward. For any extraneous commentary, they don’t know what they’re talking about. It has no place in this report,” Biden said.

Hany Farid, a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, told AFP Fact Check that he was “confident that this is a fake video.” (RELATED: Image Misidentifies Moscow Terrorist Attack Suspect)

“There are clear visual signs in the video that this is a lip-sync deepfake in which President Biden’s mouth has been synthesized to be consistent with the AI-generated voice,” Farid said to the outlet.

Kyiv has not been occupied by the Russians. The Russians attempted to capture Kyiv in the early days of its invasion of Ukraine but was unable to and withdrew from Kyiv Oblast in April 2022, according to The Washington Post.

Elias Atienza

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