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Video of a Dutch Eagle Was Misleadingly Attributed to Russia

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
7th May 2023
Video of a Dutch Eagle Was Misleadingly Attributed to Russia
The video dates back to 2016 (Twitter)

The Claim

A video shows a Russian eagle intercepting  drones. 

Emerging story

Social media users circulated a video purporting to show a Russian eagle intercepting drones.

Vladislav Shurigin, a military specialist, was credited with releasing the video, which depicts a trained eagle intercepting drones after the attack on the Kremlin.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a reverse image search, Misbar’s team discovered that the circulating video was not current and did not show an eagle trained by Russians.

The Dutch Police Employ an Army of Eagles to Fight Drones

The video does not show a trained Russian eagle in the fight against drones.

The video shows how the Dutch police train and employ an army of eagles to fight drones.

The BBC uploaded the same video on YouTube on September 14, 2016.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the original video from BBC’s YouTube channel.

The video’s caption indicated that following extensive testing over several months, the Dutch police are set to make history as the world’s first force to train and utilize a squadron of eagles to combat drones. 

While some animal rights organizations have expressed concerns, the police assert that the birds are not at risk. The program has undergone multiple tests, and the police appear to be optimistic about its success.

Moreover, Signals Daily’s YouTube channel published the video on September 12, 2016.

Russia Accuses Ukraine and the USA of Plotting Putin's Assassination

On May 3, Russia made a significant accusation against Ukraine, claiming that Ukraine had launched a drone attack on the Kremlin overnight with the intention of assassinating President Vladimir Putin. This allegation marks the most serious accusation Moscow has made against Kyiv in over 14 months of ongoing conflict.

In response, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy promptly denied any Ukrainian involvement during a press conference in Helsinki. He stated, "We don't attack Putin, or Moscow, we fight on our territory."

Furthermore, the Kremlin accused the United States of orchestrating the attack. However, the White House refuted any involvement in the alleged drone attack on the Kremlin. John Kirby, spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated on MSNBC, "We had nothing to do with this."

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