FALSE: Video of the parade of captured Ukrainian soldiers in Rostov in 2022
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FALSE: Video of the parade of captured Ukrainian soldiers in Rostov in 2022

20 May 2022
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Social media spread a video, reportedly showing a parade of captured Ukrainian soldiers in Rostov in 2022.

A screenshot from the video

However, it is footage of parading captured Ukrainian service members in Donetsk in 2014. Independent fact-checkers from Chequeado wrote about it earlier. 

Because Google Images and TinEye reverse image searches returned no results, we tried to find the video on the russian portal Yandex Images blocked in Ukraine. Search results showed the video had been disseminated since 2014.

The caption to the video says it depicts a parade of captured Ukrainian soldiers in 2014. We decided to check if such a parade indeed took place.

On August 24, 2022, pro-russian militants marched captive Ukrainians through a “corridor of shame” in Donetsk instead of a parade dedicated to Ukraine’s Independence Day. On the previous day, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic had abolished the Independence Day of Ukraine and the day off following it in the militant-controlled territory.

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