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Samantha Putterman
By Samantha Putterman March 1, 2022

Social posts mislead by sharing 2017 movie clip of Ukrainian soldiers saying goodbye to loved ones

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  • 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. 

Reverse-image searches pulled up YouTube videos about the movie that match the clips shared on social media, including the trailer uploaded in July 2017. 

We rate posts claiming the 2017 movie clip depicts the 2022 invasion False.

Our Sources

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 

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