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:
- Pro-Kremlin “Alt-Info” Shows Footage of Chemical Warehouse Explosion in China while Talking about the Russia-Ukraine War
- 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
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