On February 24th, 2022, the Facebook page “Cardhu” published a photo showcasing a tank. The description of the photo indicated that Russian tanks had appeared on the outskirts of Kyiv.
The photo published by “Cardhu” was taken not on the outskirts of Kyiv, but in Donetsk on February 22nd, after Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of Russian troops in Donbas and Lugansk.
The photo was taken on February 22nd, two days before Russia launched the full-scale military attack against Ukraine. In fact, the photo was shot in Donbas. The photo was taken after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of the two breakaway regions of Eastern Ukraine and ordered the deployment of Russian troops in those regions.
The post creates the impression that Russian tanks are stationed directly near the Ukrainian capital, which was not confirmed at the time the post got published. During the day, it was reported that Russian troops had invaded the Kyiv District. According to CNN, the Russian forces were able to capture Antonov Airport near Kyiv. However, information that Russian troops entered the territory of the Ukrainian capital has not been confirmed yet.
For more information about the local stream of disinformation around the Russia-Ukrainian conflict, see the following materials:
- The Photo from 2014 Used to Illustrate the Siege of Kharkiv during the 2022 War
- A Video of the 2020 Russian Parade is Used to Falsely Illustrate the Attack on Ukraine
- The Video from 2016 Disseminated with a False Description in the Context of the Ukrainian War
- The Alleged Video of the Mariupol Bombing Disseminated with a False Description
- Pro-Kremlin “Alt-Info” Shows Footage of Chemical Warehouse Explosion in China while Talking about the Russia-Ukraine War
- Instead of the Russia-Ukraine War, the Video Depicts Scenes from the Video Game “War Thunder”
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