Old and unrelated videos of past military combat for a Russian-Ukrainian war… – FactCrescendo


As the Russian invasion of Ukraine rages on, social media is flooded with posts about it. Fact Crescendo has debunked a number of posts containing misinformation regarding the war. We came across another video that went viral on social media with captions claiming the scenes were from the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Here is a Facebook post containing the video:

Facebook link | Archived link

Fact Crescendo found that the majority of the compilation clippings were on the internet before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

Here are the details of the fact check:


In the beginning, we split the video into keyframes and performed reverse frame searches on those that were used in the first few seconds of the video. We were unable to locate the original source of the cut until approximately 00.27 seconds into the video.

We then moved to the next clip of the video and saw that it contained footage that was uploaded by the YouTube channel, Millitary Footage Archive or MFA on October 18, 2021. The caption reads “US & German Soldiers joint Combat Drills. GREEN GRIFFIN 21.” The description states that the video is from a multinational combat training event held in Lehnin, Germany on October 4, 2021 and shows U.S. soldiers with the 12th Aviation Brigade of combat and division of the rapid forces of the German army. This clip was used between 00.27 seconds and 3:15 minutes in the viral video.

Here is the YouTube video:

Following this, we tried to find the source of the following clip which shows what it looks like amphibious warfare. We used the same process as before, but with a combination of relevant keywords and online research, we came up with another YouTube video posted by user Defense Flash News which premiered on October 5, 2021. The caption of the video is “UNITAS 2021: Amphibious Landing.”

The description says

“UNITAS 2021: Amphibious landing



U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force – UNITAS and partner nations participate in a Peruvian-led amphibious landing as part of UNITAS LXII in Salinas, Peru on October 2, 2021.”

In the viral video, an excerpt from this event was used from 03.15 minutes.

Here is the YouTube video:

We came across a Twitter post with an image that looked like a shot in the video, when doing a Yandex reverse image search of the following clip. Here is the Twitter message:

Twitter link

The Twitter post contained a link to a news report published on January 4, 2020 on a Russian media website. Irystont with the title “Combat exercises took place at the Tarskoye training ground”, which has an embedded video and we noticed similarities in the clip which appears between 04:18 and 05:28 minutes in the viral video.

Link Irystontv

Here is a comparison between the screenshots of the viral video and the report mentioned above:

We have located the source of the following outage. It was uploaded by the Russia Beyond Es page on September 18, 2020 with the caption: Russian military videos have become more artistic and cinematic. Here is the link to the video: Facebook link

Here is a comparison between the screenshots of the viral video and the video uploaded to the Russia Beyond Es page:

We also found that the following clip, between 05:29 and 07:26 minutes of the viral video, was taken from a YouTube video uploaded on November 24, 2019 by user Global 305 with the caption “The use of self-propelled gun mounts “Malka” during exercises in the Kuzbass.

Following this, we checked the clip between 08:30 and 08:50 in the viral video and saw that this part of the video does indeed contain footage of the ongoing conflict. Link to sky news


Although we were unable to locate the sources of all of the visuals in the video, the evidence above proves that not all of the clippings compiled are from the Russian-Ukrainian war. Therefore, the claim that these are all visuals of the ongoing invasion is partly false.


Title:Old and unrelated videos of military combat passed off as a Russian-Ukrainian war…

Fact check by: Manjori Borkotoky

Results: partially wrong


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