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Fact Check-An image of a Serbian hotel wrongly captioned as being in Ukraine was not tweeted by CNN

Social media users have shared a fabricated tweet attributed to CNN with an image of a building said to be a hotel in Ukraine.

The image is made to appear as if sent by the official Twitter account of CNN Breaking News (@CNNbrk) ( twitter.com/cnnbrk ) and reads: “These are the remains of the once famous ukrainian resort hotel Peace after the air attack from russian bombers #StandingWithUkraine.” The post includes an image of a building surrounded by mountains.

The fake content has been retweeted at least 1,020 times ( here ) ( here ) ( here ).

Users sharing the content say it shows CNN is using recycled content to purportedly report on the war. “The Ukrainian Mir Hotel, which, according to CNN journalists, was ruthlessly bombed by the Russian Armed Forces. Oh no, wait. This is the Serbian resort Zvonachka-Banya, awaiting reconstruction.” says one

post.

Other comments can be seen here: ( here ) ( here ) ( here ).

The image in the alleged tweet dates back to at least 2010 when it was included in a blog suggesting it shows a resort called Peace (or “mir” in Serbian) in Zvonacka Spa, Serbia ( here ). The images match those viewable in Google Maps when searching “Zvonacka Spa” ( bit.ly/3wwZxfu ).

The abandoned hotel can also be seen on other websites and videos ( here ), ( here ), ( here ).

Matt Dornic, head of strategic communications at CNN, told Reuters via email the image is “a fake screen shot” and that CNN “did not publish that photo or text” as part of its ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine.

Reuters found no evidence CNN published such a tweet. An advanced search using keywords on Twitter produced no relevant results ( here ).

Other elements suggest the tweet is fabricated, including grammatical mistakes, as well as the way the photo is displayed, as it appears with square edges instead of rounded edges, as Twitter photos usually do ( here ).

On March 12, CNN reported that Hotel Ukraine, a landmark in the city of Chernihiv, was hit by a Russian missile and air strikes, according to Ukrainian officials ( here ).

Reuters has previously debunked other instances of fabricated coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine attributed to CNN ( here ) ( here ) ( here ). ( here ).

VERDICT

False. The tweet that includes an image of a hotel in Serbia wrongly described as the aftermath of a bombing in Ukraine was not published by CNN.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here.

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