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Fact Check-Comparison of Biden remarks on sending tanks to Ukraine are missing context

U.S. President Joe Biden announced last week that the U.S. would be supplying Ukraine with 31 Abrams tanks. The move aligns with the administrations ongoing military support to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country in February 2022. Posts online comparing the move to a statement by Biden in March 2022 saying the presence of American troops and equipment in Ukraine would mean “World War Three” are missing context.

Fact Check-Germany did not 'officially declare war' on Russia in January 2023

Germany has not actually declared war on Russia, despite posts online characterizing recent German actions and a statement by its foreign minister as a declaration of war. The claim appears to stem from Germany’s recent decision to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine as well as the German foreign minister’s recent remarks at the Council of Europe that have been taken out of context, and which the Russian news agency TASS called “evidence of a premeditated war against Russia.”

Fact Check-HBAL617 balloon tracked online is from U.S. company Aerostar, not China

A balloon shown flying over Memphis on flight tracking site Flightradar24 was not the Chinese “airship” suspected by U.S. officials of being a spy balloon that flew over northwestern U.S. and Montana in recent days. Despite claims on social media, the balloon that flew over Memphis in fact belongs to U.S. company Aerostar.