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- The destruction in Bucha due to Russia invading Ukraine has been well-documented through news reports and photos. An image of overturned cars next to a building with intact windows doesn’t disprove that.
An image of overturned cars in front of what looks like a building is spreading online as evidence that the war in Ukraine is a hoax.
"I want to buy Ukrainian windows," text under the image says. "I would like to place an order for these high quality super tough windows from Ukraine, that remained intact and unmarked after the explosion of a Russian bomb that turned over all these cars. Please throw in also some of that same render as on the house, that remained undamaged and clean after the explosion."
"Everything is fake," read one Instagram post that shared the image.
It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
Doing a reverse image search, we found that the photo was taken by Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd in Bucha, Ukraine, on April 4. A caption of the picture, published on a NBC News affiliate’s website, says: "A Ukrainian soldier walks with children passing destroyed cars due to the war against Russia."
We also found the photo on Abd’s Instagram page. There, he wrote: "Ukrainian soldier walks with a group of kids next to destroyed cars."
A blast radius is not infinite — the damage stops somewhere — but there’s evidence that these cars were destroyed by Russian military forces on the ground in Bucha, not by an explosion.
Photographer Emanuele Satolli, who took photos at the same scene pictured in the Instagram post, told the Greek fact-checking outlet Ellinika Hoaxes that he "met several citizens and everyone told me that the cars had been overturned by Russian tanks."
Claims that the war in Ukraine is fake are inaccurate and ridiculous. That’s our definition of Pants on Fire.
Instagram post, April 23, 2022
Rodrigo Abd Instagram post, April 4, 2022
FEMA, Explosive blast, visited April 27, 2022
NBC Montana, Russia Ukraine War images, visited April 27, 2022
Ellinika Hoaxes, Misleading presentation of a photo by Boutsa as a alleged revelation of misinformation from pro-Ukrainian sources, April 20, 2022
The Wall Street Journal, Horrors of Ukraine’s Bucha Laid Bare on Yablunska Street, April 7, 2022
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