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Fact check – Nighttime clip of plane flying amid artillery fire is animation and predates the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

The CGI footage of planes flying amid nighttime artillery fire is unrelated to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, despite claims by users sharing the clip online. The video was uploaded to YouTube in October 2021 by a 3D animator who claims to have created the footage.

A user who shared the video via Facebook said: “It’s [sic] Event!! #Ukraine #Russia #WWIII” (here).

The video had over 180,000 shares and over 2 million views at the time of writing.

Other shared video examples (here), (here), (here), (here).

The clip is however not recent and is not related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

A reverse image search shows that the video was uploaded by 3D animator with the username Borisao Blois, in October 2021 (bit.ly/3si1NVJ).

The title of the YouTube video from the time, written in Spanish, reads: “Want to know what it was like to be in World War II? This is for you…”

The description of the video, also in Spanish, reads: “This is a small compilation of my animations belonging to the WW2 or WWII section. I will try to keep the animations further away from the dogfight as it is well Obviously they were the protagonists. I want to create the battle of a Tiger 1 against an M4 Sherman. Lots of hugs!”

Reuters contacted the host but had not received a response at the time of publication.

In the meantime, the latest reports from Reuters on the development of the situation in Ukraine can be consulted (www.Reuters.com/places/ukraine).

VERDICT

Wrong caption. The CGI footage of planes flying amid artillery fire is unrelated to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and was uploaded by a 3D animator to YouTube in October 2021.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Learn more about our fact-checking work here.