The Video from 2016 Disseminated with a False Description in the Context of the Ukrainian War

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On February 24th, Facebook user Levan Pruidze published a video allegedly depicting the landing of Russian troops with the following description: “I wish none of you returns home!” The user notes that the video was probably shot near Kharkiv.

The video is being disseminated with a false description. In fact, instead of 2022, the footage was taken in 2016, and according to the earliest description, depicts Russian paratroopers.

The video has been circulating on the internet since 2016. In 2016, “Свингер & Партнёры” published the video with the following description: “Remember, this is what Russian paratroopers look like.”

In 2018 and 2019, the video circulated among different websites with identical captions.

For more information about the local stream of disinformation around the Russia-Ukrainian conflict, see the following materials:


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Topic: Politics
Violation: Disinformation
Country: Russia, Ukraine
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