Seven fake news about the war in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is also being played out on the digital field. Since the beginning of the conflict, a lot of false information has been circulating, both from the Russian side and from the Ukrainian side. Here are 7 specific examples of fake news.

Phantom pilot of Kyiv

According to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, a Ukrainian pilot allegedly shot down several Russian planes on the first day of the invasion. This is reported by the daily newspaper Voix du Nord. “From a video taken from the Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) air combat simulation game. Eagle Dynamics Studio, confirmed to be the author of this video”.

Fake goodbye father and daughter

This heartbreaking farewell from a father who hugs his daughter to say goodbye has made the rounds on social media. According to Le Monde, this scene was filmed on February 2 during the evacuation of civilians from Russian territories. Therefore, this was before the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army.

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Ukrainian or Palestinian?

Several photos of a little girl standing in front of a soldier went viral on social media with a comment on one of the posts: 8 year old Ukrainian girl defies Russian soldier, telling him to return to his country pinned the Voice of the North.

As seen in the following tweet, this image is from a video of a young Palestinian woman, Ahed Tamimi, confronting an Israeli soldier. The video was released in 2012.

Fake gun on the bus

Le Monde clarifies that the meme of a young woman carrying weapons on a bus with the caption “Life in Ukraine, right now” does not refer to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. This image, which is circulating again on social media, dates from March 2020, with a Russian Instagrammer standing on stage with a fake weapon.

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Putin as Hitler in the Times

Many Russian supporters were reportedly offended after the cover of the Times featured Putin with a Hitler mustache. The daily newspaper La Voix du Nord claims it is a fake created by Welsh graphic designer Patrick Mulder.

Russian paratroopers took control of Kharkov?

This video of Russian paratroopers taking control of Kharkiv or Kyiv airport on the first day of the war, February 24, is, Le Monde points out, a Russian military exercise taking place near Rostov-on-Don in 2014.

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Accident … since 1993

The Kyiv Post published a photo of the plane shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force on February 24, with the caption: “Sixth shot down, glory to the heroes!”. According to Le Monde, this is a collision between two Russian MiG-29s in the UK, which took place in 1993 (support video).

Kyiv Ghost Pilot A Ukrainian pilot allegedly shot down several Russian planes on the first day of the invasion, according to a tweet by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the daily newspaper Voix du Nord, this is “a video taken from the game Digital Combat Simulator (DCS), an aerial combat simulator. Studio Eagle Dynamics has confirmed that she is the author of this video. A Father and His Daughter This heartbreaking farewell from a father who hugs his daughter to say goodbye has made the rounds on social media. According to Le Monde, this scene was filmed on February 2 during the evacuation of civilians from Russian territories. Therefore, this was before the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army. Ukrainian or Palestinian? Several photos of a little girl confronting a soldier went viral on social media, with a comment on one of the posts: “An 8-year-old Ukrainian girl defies a Russian soldier, telling him to return to his country,” says Sever. As seen in the following tweet, this image is from a video of a young Palestinian woman, Ahed Tamimi, confronting an Israeli soldier. The video was published in 2012. Fake guns on the busLe Monde explains that the meme, where a young woman carries a gun on a bus with the caption “Life in Ukraine, for the moment”, does not date from Russia-Ukraine. This image, which is circulating again on social media, dates from March 2020, with a Russian Instagrammer standing on stage with a fake weapon. Putin as Hitler in The Times Many Russian supporters were reportedly offended by the appearance of Putin wearing Hitler’s mustache on the cover of The Times. The daily newspaper La Voix du Nord claims it is a fake created by Welsh graphic designer Patrick Mulder. Russian paratroopers take control of Kharkov? This is a video where Russian paratroopers take control of Kharkov or Kyiv airport on the first day of the war, February 24, as Le Monde points out, Russian military exercises that took place near Rostov-on-Don in 2014. Disaster … dating back to 1993. February 24 with the following caption: “The sixth shot down, glory to the heroes!”. According to Le Monde, this is a collision between two Russian MiG-29s in the UK, which took place in 1993 (support video).

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