FAKE: Photo of the repulse attacks near Kharkiv on May 17, 2022 by the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Operation of united Forces Headquarters

FAKE: Photo of the repulse attacks near Kharkiv on May 17, 2022 by the Armed Forces of Ukraine – Operation of united Forces Headquarters

21 May 2022
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Since May 17, 2022, a photo, which allegedly depicts the repulse of 14 attacks by russians near Kharkiv by the Armed Forces, has been spread on the Internet . It is claimed that the 81st separate airmobile brigade near Kharkiv destroyed 5 russian tanks, 10 armored vehicles and about 100 occupiers. However, you can actually see a salute in honor of the liberation of Budapest from Nazi invaders in moscow on February 13, 2020 in the photo.

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As Google Images did not show relevant search results, we decided to find the photo through the russian portal Yandex Images, which is blocked in Ukraine. The search results show that the photo depicts a festive salute in honor of the liberation of Budapest from Nazi invaders in moscow on February 13, 2020.

Search results in Yandex Images

Pay attention! The text of the news is written in a combination of Cyrillic and Latin (compare: instead of Cyrillic “i” in the text the Latin “u” is used in the words “kudayut”, “na աumu”, “vidbutօ“, etc.). The text itself is emotional. Such signs indicate that you are facing either a fake or a clickbait.

In addition, the posts provide a link to the telegram channel, where the video from the scene was allegedly published. However, the link does not lead to a specific post, but to a closed telegram channel. You must wait for confirmation from the administrator to access the channel. Such news with impressive photos or headlines is spread to increase the number of subscribers to the telegram channel in a deceptive way.

On April 17, 2022, the head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration Oleg Sinegubov announced that the 81st separate airmobile brigade near Kharkiv had destroyed 5 russian tanks, 10 armored vehicles and about a hundred occupiers.

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