Fact Check-CNN report on Putin ‘making military moves in America’s backyard’ aired in December 2018

A CNN segment from 2018 about Russia conducting military drills with Venezuela has been shared in February 2022 as if related to the invasion of Ukraine.

The clip shows CNN correspondent Brian Todd reporting on nuclear-capable bomber jets conducting exercises over the Caribbean with Venezuelan forces.

In the lower-third of the screen is the message: “Putin making military moves in America’s backyard.”

One Facebook user who shared the video on Feb. 27, 2022, three days after Russia invaded Ukraine, said: “PRESIDENT PUTIN SENT A MESSAGE TO U.S. MAKING MILITARY MOVES IN AMERICA'S BACKYARD” (here).

Another shared a screenshot of the report on Feb. 26, and said: “Putin special bomber jets landing in America Backyard, the world is in serious danger” (here).

The clip was also uploaded to Twitter, with a user adding: “Which Caribbean?” (here).

Other examples of the 2018 report being shared in 2022 can be viewed (here), (here), (here), (here), (here), (here), (here).

The clip is not recent, however, as it was published on CNN’s website on Dec. 11, 2018 (here).

It was uploaded to the CNN YouTube account the following day (, (

The latest Reuters reporting on the developing situation in Ukraine can be viewed (


Miscaptioned. The CNN report is from 2018.

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