Truth Test: Does Video Present ‘Mass Give up’ of Ukrainian Troops?

Evaluation of the frontline in Ukraine means that Kyiv’s forces have made vital floor towards occupying Russian troops within the south and east of the nation.

In response to the most recent battlefield maps revealed by the Institute for the Research of Struggle, Ukrainian troopers are persevering with offensive operations within the southern Zaporizhzhia Oblast and japanese Donetsk Oblast, whereas defending towards renewed Russian assaults within the northeastern Luhansk Oblast.

Within the chaos, misinformation in regards to the counteroffensive continues.

Ukrainian servicemen of twenty second mechanized brigade function at a recaptured place close to Klyshchiivka village, south of Bakhmut, Donetsk area on July 13, 2023. A video circulated on-line this week was claimed to indicate Ukrainian troops in an act of mass give up.
ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP through Getty Photographs

The Declare

Multiple tweets posted on July 25, 2023, had been described as displaying the mass give up of Ukrainian troops. The video exhibits a column of navy autos with a line of what look like troopers marching in a single file alongside.

The Information

The movie shared on Twitter, claiming to indicate Ukrainian prisoners captured in a second of mass give up, is an instance of misleading framing.

The footage was taken greater than a month in the past when the paramilitary Wagner Group, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, exchanged prisoners of battle with Ukraine.

A Telegram publish that included a video of Prigozhin talking to exchanged troopers, was posted on Could 26, 2023, on an official Wagner Telegram channel. The publish contains Russian textual content (translated through Deepl) states “Change of prisoners 25.05.23 Assertion by E. V. Prigozhin.”

Aerial footage of the alternate could be seen at round 4:40 within the clip.

The identical footage was revealed by a lot of media retailers together with The Telegraph and The Wall Avenue Journal.

In response to modern Ukrainian stories, the Head of the Ukrainian President’s Workplace Andriy Yermak stated that it was returning 106 troopers from Russian captivity.

Whereas footage and claims from Wagner needs to be handled cautiously, it stands to motive that had the video depicted a mass give up, then Prigozhin or his representatives would have heralded that reality and never a prisoner alternate.

Briefly, based mostly on footage from the Wagner Group and different information sources, Newsweek can affirm the aerial footage isn’t of a Ukrainian mass give up.

Footage from the battle has usually been misleadingly used, both to money in on breaking information headlines or unfold propaganda.

A movie of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky posing in entrance of a inexperienced display screen was used final yr by Russian state media to recommend that the chief had left Kyiv, a false declare that has been repeated all through the battle.

Extra not too long ago, Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wooden was dragged into the misinformation area when a video of him, regarded as a personalised Cameo message, was misused to recommend that he had informed Zelensky to hunt remedy for drug and alcohol use.

Professional-Russian content material creators aren’t the one ones who’ve posted deceptive video footage on social media. Earlier this month a video of a Russian soldier seemingly blown up as he bashed a tank with an artillery shell went viral, later being proven to have been edited utilizing a faux explosion video impact out there through Tik Tok.

The Ruling



The clip shared on Twitter doesn’t present the mass give up of Ukrainian troops. It was footage taken greater than a month in the past of a prisoner alternate between Ukraine and the paramilitary Wagner Group.

Video revealed by information retailers exhibits Wagner Group chief Yevegny Prigozhin talking to Russian troopers regarded as from his troop because the alternate was made.

FACT CHECK BY Newsweek Truth Test group