Stand up for the facts!
Our only agenda is to publish the truth so you can be an informed participant in democracy.
We need your help.
I would like to contribute
If Your Time is short
The scene in the clip is not a legitimate depiction of Ukrainian soldiers leaving loved ones to fight Russia in 2022. It’s from a 2017 Ukrainian documentary film.
As the world watches Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unfold, it’s easy to get caught up in the many emotional images and stories that are rapidly spreading online.
Many of these scenes of the war are real. But some are unrelated to the ongoing conflict, like a viral video shared on Facebook that shows two men dressed in military gear apparently leaving for war as they embrace sobbing women.
"Praying everyone comes home safe," the caption of the Feb. 25 post reads.
The video isn’t a legitimate clip from this war.
The post 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.)
The footage stems from a 2017 Ukrainian film called "The War of Chimeras" directed by Anastasiia Starozhytska and Mariia Starozhytska. The movie follows the story of a young couple during the 2014 Battle of Ilovaisk, which took place near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
We rate posts claiming the 2017 movie clip depicts the 2022 invasion False.
Facebook post, Feb. 25, 2022
Reverse-image search, March 1, 2022
IMDB, The War of Chimeras, Accessed March 1, 2022
YouTube, The War of Chimeras \ Війна химер (2017) - Trailer, July 7, 2017
YouTube, The War of Chimeras: Story of Love, Life and Death, Feb. 17, 2018
YouTube, THE WAR OF CHIMERAS by Anastasia Starozhytska & Maria Starozhytska | Trailer | GeoMovies, Oct. 30, 2018
Thequint.com, Emotional Video of Soldiers Leaving for War is From a 2017 Documentary, Feb. 25, 2022
IndiaToday, Fact Check: Emotional movie scene viral as scenes from battle-torn Ukraine, Feb. 25, 2022
Read About Our Process
In a world of wild talk and fake news, help us stand up for the facts.