The original photo was taken during a rehearsal for a military parade in Kyiv.
Sci-fi film set
Videos of a large crowd being asked by a director to run and scream in fear have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on multiple platforms.
Evidence that the war in Ukraine is fake? Nope. It was shot in Birmingham's Victoria Square in 2013 for the sci-fi film Invasion Planet Earth, and the director of the film wasn't happy to see it being misrepresented.
Thanks for sharing the truth about this - I'm the director of the film and was shocked to see my footage being used like this:https://www.invasionplanetearth.com
This video is a fake. It takes video from a Feb. 4 Austrian news report on a demonstration about climate change (https://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/chronik/schock-protest-49-aktivisten-im-leichensack/509550976\u00a0\u2026) and overlays it with unrelated audio from a February 24 NBC news report from Ukraine (https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=372664444361338\u00a0\u2026). https://twitter.com/LouieKerr8/status/1500486894190215173\u00a0\u2026
A screenshot of a Fox News broadcast showing two Ukrainian men holding what appear to be wooden guns has gone viral to make the false claim- (yet again) that the war is a hoax.
But the images are from military training from a while back...
A video of people smiling as fake blood is applied to them has gone viral on Twitter.
When people share it, they use it as "evidence" that the war in Ukraine is a hoax and civilian victims are actually "crisis actors" - people hired to act out scenes from an attack.
Empire of Lies, fake blood, video games clips, copious amounts of moaning and crying, and selfies \n#UkraineRussiaWar #Ukraine #UkraineWar https://twitter.com/sahouraxo/status/1498306847815700481\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/MIbbHq5ws3
— Su-57 5th Gen Fighter (@Su-57 5th Gen Fighter)
However, the BBC found that this video is footage from the set of fictional TV series named Contamin, which was filmed in 2020.
Bts from set of Contamin tv series. #backstage #unitstillsphotography #onset #bts #setlife #hvozdkov #ukrainian @FujifilmX_US @_fujilove_ #fujixt30pic.twitter.com/8xBY0HTjkk
The video spliced together clips of explosions, planes flying overhead but fact-checking organisation Full Fact determined that the video is false, and sourced the clips back to old TikTok videos that predate Putin sending troops into the country.
In a blog, they said: "It is unclear where or when these explosions really took place, but they do not show the Russian invasion of Ukraine."
Snopes has determined that another video of a 'Russian paratrooper' documenting his invasion of Ukraine is false.
The video, which shows a man parachuting onto land "has been online since at least 2015, well before the Russian attack on its neighbouring country, and even before the rollout of TikTok," Snopes said.
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