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Fact Check-Clip of Russian military personnel running from plume of smoke dates to at least 2015 and featured in news reports of fire at Kuzminka military base

A clip circulating online purporting to show Russian armed forces running from Ukrainian military pre-dates Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The clip dates to at least 2015 and featured in media reports of a fire at an ammunition depot at the Kuzminka military base, Russia.

The clip shows what appear to be military personnel running from a plume of smoke. Users shared the video in early August 2022 with claims that the clip showed a Ukrainian attack on Russian equipment in the Kherson region, southern Ukraine.

One user shared the video on Twitter on Aug. 2, 2022 with a caption that reads: “A video of Russians running away after the recent attack by the Armed Forces on the Brylevka railway station in the Kherson region appeared on the Internet. The Ukrainian military destroyed an echelon with equipment, ammunition and personnel” (here).

The clip drew more than 130,000 views at the time of writing.

The claim was spread further on Facebook, with examples viewable (here), (here), (here) and (here).

The clip is not recent, however, and a reverse image search reveals that the clip dates to at least 2015.

The video was uploaded by various accounts on YouTube in 2015, with the earliest iterations uploaded in April of that year (bit.ly/3QbvzEu), (bit.ly/3QjJ1Gj), (bit.ly/3QeZfAz).

The clip currently circulating online, however, is mirrored horizontally compared to the earlier iterations.

The descriptions of the 2015 versions connect the video to a fire at an ammunition depot at the Kuzminka military base.

A screengrab of the above clip featured in a New York Times report published in July 2015 and similarly connected the clip to the fire at the Kuzminka military base (here).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. The clip dates to at least 2015 and featured in news reports on a fire at Kuzminka military base, Russia.

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

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