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FACT CHECK: Viral Video Shows Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Belly Dance? – YouTube // Factly

Source published on: January 14, 2024 /

A social media post claims that an accompanying video shows a belly dance performed by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. We check the veracity of the claim in this video.
[Verdict: False. The video is a deep fake.]

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, and Ukraine



Fact Check: Video doesn’t show migrants fleeing Russia after Putin citizenship offer | Reuters // Reuters

Source published on: January 13, 2024 /

Posts on social media shared the video suggesting migrants were fleeing so as not to be sent to the warfront. A post on social media platform X reads, “Putin threatened to send all illegal Chinese immigrants to the front lines in Ukraine. Airports saw a sudden rush of flights back to China.” Screenshots from the video were also shared on Facebook.

The video, however, can be traced back to at least Dec. 30, 2023, when it was posted on Douyin, the Chinese counterpart of TikTok, as showing people traveling from Russia for New Year. The same user says in the description of a different video of the same location that it shows Heihe river port in China.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: China, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, and Russia



Russian fake news: Ukrainians allegedly disconnected from public utilities for not appearing in military commissariat // Ukrinform

Source published on: January 13, 2024 /

In a commentary to Ukrinform, the representative of Rivne Regional State Administration confirmed that the above ‘announcement’ was another fake story.

By spreading fake narratives, Russian propagandists pursue two objectives at once. Firstly, they make attempts to sow panic within Ukraine against the background of the adoption of a decision on the draft bill on mobilization.

Secondly, they try to discredit Ukraine’s military and political leadership before international partners, as if the Ukrainian authorities were conscripting citizens against the law, allegedly shutting them out even in routine matters.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, Russia, Russian propaganda, and Ukraine



Fact Check: German magazine Titanic ‘s cover on celebrating Christmas in Ukraine is fake | Reuters // Reuters

Source published on: January 12, 2024 /

German satirical magazine Titanic did not publish a Christmas-themed cover depicting the severed legs of four Ukrainian soldiers hanging over a fireplace, and an image of this circulating online is fake, the editor-in-chief of the publication said to Reuters. […]

VERDICT: False. No such cover was published by German satirical magazine Titanic.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Faked media: billboards, ads, magazines, etc, Germany, Misconceptions, and Ukraine



Fact Check: Orban Did NOT Tell Zelenskyy In Argentina: ‘Putin Knows Something Special About Me’ | Lead Stories // Lead Stories

Source published on: January 12, 2024 /

Did Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban tell Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, at the inauguration of Javier Milei as Argentina’s new president, that Russian President Vladimir Putin knew something “special” about him? No, that’s not true: Orban and Zelenskyy exchanged a few words in front of cameras during the ceremony, as shown by footage shared by major international media. Their conversation, though, cannot be heard. According to the Hungarian Prime Minister’s press office and a post on X by Zelenskyy, the two leaders discussed European affairs. […]

The video is dubbed: The words spoken in the TikTok audio don’t match the movement of Orban’s lips as shown in the footage.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Corruption, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Hungary, Misconceptions, and Ukraine



Viral Video Showing Zelensky Belly Dancing Is Actually A Deepfake // Newschecker.in

Source published on: January 12, 2024 /

Claim: A video shows President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, belly dancing at an event.

Fact: The footage has been digitally altered. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s face has been superimposed onto the dancer’s face using Deepfake technology.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, and Ukraine



Fact Check: DeSantis on aid to Ukraine // CNN

Source published on: January 11, 2024 /

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis argued against further US funding for Ukraine by saying that “tens of billions of dollars” have been used “to pay salaries for Ukrainian government bureaucrats,” and that US taxpayers have “paid pensions for Ukrainian retirees.”

Facts First: This needs context. […]
The money, which is disbursed through the World Bank, has gone to pay “wages for hospital workers, government employees, and teachers as well as social assistance for the elderly and vulnerable.” […] It has also been provided to the Ukrainian government to “supply emergency services for internally displaced persons.”

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Aid to Ukraine, Fact checks / debunkings, and USA



Fact Check: Haley’s math comparing clean energy tax credits to national security // CNN

Source published on: January 11, 2024 /

Making a point about spending on national security, Haley said that the US supporting Ukraine, Israel and securing the southern border would cost “less than 20% of Biden’s green subsidies.”

Facts First: This math from Haley is largely true.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Aid to Ukraine, Fact checks / debunkings, Military aid, and USA



Lloyd Austin was not killed in Ukraine on Jan. 3 | Fact check // USA Today

Source published on: January 11, 2024 /

The claim: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was killed in Ukraine on Jan. 3.
Our rating: False

Austin is alive. […] Austin resumed his full duties as secretary of defense on Jan. 5 and released a statement on Jan. 6. The report comes from a publication that routinely publishes fabricated stories.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, Ukraine, and USA



Fact Check: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Was NOT Killed In Kyiv On January 3, 2024 | Lead Stories // Lead Stories

Source published on: January 10, 2024 /

Was Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin killed by Russian cruise missiles in Kyiv, Ukraine, on January 3, 2024? No, that’s not true: A Pentagon duty officer confirmed to Lead Stories that this claim is false. On January 1, 2024, Austin was hospitalized in Washington, D.C., due to complications from surgery and remained there as of January 10, 2024. Also, this claim is from a website that regularly publishes fabricated content often mistaken for real news.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, Ukraine, and USA



Fact Check: Video does not show Ukraine’s President Zelenskiy belly dancing | Reuters // Reuters

Source published on: January 10, 2024 /

A clip of a man belly dancing in a red costume has been digitally altered to make it appear as if the dancer is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, according to the man who is featured in the original clip and experts who said the altered version shows signs of being a deepfake.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, and Ukraine



Video depicting Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s belly dance is a deep fake // Factly

Source published on: January 10, 2024 /

Claim: Video depicts Ukrainian President Zelenskyy dancing at an event.

Fact: The viral video has been created using deepfake technology and the original video shows an unidentified man dancing. This video is being shared on social media since the year 2020. However, it is not known when and where this video was taken. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, and Ukraine



Online claims misrepresent White House remarks on Ukraine military aid | Fact Check // AFP

Source published on: January 9, 2024 /

[T]he president did not threaten to deploy US troops to fight Russia if the budget was not approved. Instead, he was warning of what may happen if Russian forces were to expand into any of the NATO territories neighboring Ukraine, which the United States is bound by treaty to help.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Aid to Ukraine, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Military aid, Misconceptions, and USA



This Is a Real Photo Of Putin Speaking with Other Leaders at an Enormous Table | Snopes.com // Snopes

Source published on: January 9, 2024 /

Claim: A photo authentically shows Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with regional leaders at an enormous but sparsely populated table.
Rating: True

[…] Putin’s public appearances often involve abnormally long or large tables, which has been a consistent source of speculation and mockery since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Fact checks / debunkings, International community, Putin, and Russia



Fact Check: Image of NYT headline on ‘low’ civilian casualties in Ukraine is fake | Reuters // Reuters

Source published on: January 8, 2024 /

The New York Times did not publish a headline saying Western military experts were bewildered by low civilian casualties in Ukraine. The headline in the circulating screenshot has been altered from an authentic article published by the outlet in late December on Russian airstrikes on Ukraine.

Indexed on 2024-01-15 08:06 // Categories: Attacks on civilians, Coordinated disinformation, Disinformation, Fact checks / debunkings, Misconceptions, Russia, and Ukraine



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