An alleged British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report criticizing Ukraine for “fake news” and for concealing its involvement in a deadly attack on civilians is fake.
The video opens with the BBC logo and mimics the formatting of the broadcaster’s social media clips, incorporating the same font, caption placement and graphics.
Using visuals from the conflict, the alleged report accuses Ukrainian officials of disinformation and suggests the country’s army was responsible for an attack on a railway station in Kramatorsk on April 8.
The missile strike, which hit a station used by evacuees, killed 57 people, according to Donetsk region governor Pavlo Kyrylenko. A further 109 people were wounded (here).
“The BBC states openly that the massacre at the train station in Kramatorsk was committed by Ukraine” (here), said one Twitter user who shared the alleged BBC report.
However, BBC News did not release any such report on its website or social media feeds.
On April 13, the BBC Press Team released a statement on Twitter, saying: “We are aware of a fake video with BBC News branding suggesting Ukraine was responsible for last week’s missile attack on Kramatorsk train station. The BBC is taking action to have the video removed. We urge people not to share it and to check stories on the BBC News website” (here).
A Twitter advanced search did not reveal any such video published via BBC social media channels (@BBCNews, @BBC World, @BBCBreaking) (bit.ly/3uDij3K).
The video is an example of ‘imposter content’ or a piece of content, imagery or video footage which impersonates legitimate sources, such as news outlets (here).
In the BBC’s latest reporting on the attack, the outlet did not suggest Ukraine was behind the missile strike. Instead, the BBC spoke to Sidharth Kaushal, a missile expert at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), who said: "The impact mark is pretty consistent with a sub-munition like the 9N24, a Soviet-era cluster munition that can be carried by the Tochka missile” (www.bbc.com/news/61079356), (here).
Ukraine has blamed Russia for the attack – a claim Moscow has denied, saying the missile used was Ukrainian (here).
The claims made in the falsified video are currently outside the scope of this fact-check.
Digitally altered. The BBC did not release a video suggesting that Ukraine was behind the missile strike that killed more than 50 people at Kramatorsk railway station. The clip was never published by the BBC and is an example of ‘imposter content’, which is content that impersonates a legitimate news source.
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