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Sara Swann
By Sara Swann October 13, 2023

Claim that there’s ‘zero footage from the Ukraine war’ ignores countless photos and videos

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  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been well documented by news outlets and Ukrainian civilians.

As Russia’s war in Ukraine raged on, a different conflict erupted more than 1,200 miles away in Israel and Gaza.

Social media users quickly drew comparisons between the wars, but some didn’t get the facts right.

An Oct. 9 Instagram post claimed images and videos of the Russia-Ukraine war, which began in February 2022, were being withheld.

(Screengrab from Instagram)

"Anybody else find it funny that Israel was attacked less than 48 hours ago and already we have hundreds of hours worth of footage but zero footage from the Ukraine war," the post said.

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The devastation from the Russia-Ukraine war has been well documented. There are hundreds of legitimate photos and videos depicting war casualties and decimated communities.

Some photos and videos have been documented by news media; other footage has been taken by Ukrainian civilians whose lives were upended by Russia’s invasion.

Even after Israel declared war Oct. 8, one day after Hamas’ attack, news outlets continued to cover and share photos of the Russia-Ukraine war.

We rate the claim that there is "zero footage of the Ukraine war" Pants on Fire!

Our Sources

Instagram post (archived), Oct. 9, 2023

The New York Times, "Russia’s War in Ukraine, in Photos," Oct. 6, 2023

The Associated Press, "AP PHOTOS: Images of war in Ukraine from cutting-room floor," Feb. 22, 2023

The Washington Post, "Verified videos expose the horrors of the war in Ukraine," Feb. 24, 2023

The Washington Post, "Ukraine hits Russian navy ships with sea drones," Oct. 13, 2023

Politico, "Russia launched 'renewed offensive' against Ukraine, Kirby says," Oct. 13, 2023

Getty Images, "Ukraine-Russia-Conflict-War," Oct. 13, 2023

Getty Images, A Russian Missile Strike Kills 59 Civilian In The Village Of Hroza, Near Kharkiv," Oct. 12, 2023

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