Verification within Meta’s Third-Party Fact-Checking Program
Social media spread a video, reportedly showing a parade of captured Ukrainian soldiers in Rostov in 2022.
A screenshot from the video
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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