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Fact Check-Video of Russian flag in Odessa miscaptioned

A video of a Russian flag flying in Odessa is being shared on social media alongside misleading captions that link it to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The footage of the Russian Consulate in Odessa, however, was shared online before Thursday’s invasion.

The clip shows a video panning from a Ukrainian flag on top of a tall building to the ground, where a Russian flag is planted outside a large, white building.

One account sharing other miscaptioned imagery wrote (here “A Russian flag was raised in Odessa, unclear if troops did it or someone on their own initiative”.

Another sharing the video on Feb. 24 claimed (here “Russian flag in the center of Odessa now.”

However, the video does not show a Russian flag newly planted in Ukrainian city of Odessa.

The clip was posted on TikTok on Feb. 6, 2022 (here).

It shows the exterior of the Consulate General of Russian Federation in Odessa, according to Reuters analysis using Google Maps (bit.ly/3hbULez).

A Dec. 2020 Google Maps image shows a Russian flag on a long silver pole situated outside the building (bit.ly/3LQHSVo).

The same photograph is also displayed on the Odessa Consulate General of the Russian Federation’s website (odessa.mid.ru/).

Russian forces invaded Ukraine by land, air and sea on Feb. 24, with Russian troops also arriving at the port cities Odessa and Mariupol in the south (here).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. The footage shows the Consulate General of Russian Federation building in Odessa and was not filmed during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.

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

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