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This Video Does Not Show Explosions In The Center Of Belgorod

Ahmed Sabry Ahmed Sabry
15th March 2024
This Video Does Not Show Explosions In The Center Of Belgorod
The video predates the shelling of Belgorod (X)

The Claim

A video shows explosions occurring in Belgorod, Russia.

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Recently, a video has gone viral on social media purporting to depict explosions occurring in Belgorod, Russia.

A car on fire on a road

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

Misbar's team found that the video is from January 2022, captured amid demonstrations against the government in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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According to a news article detailing the incident, demonstrators managed to breach a government building in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, as uncommon protests, initially sparked by a significant surge in fuel costs, persisted into their fourth consecutive day. The demonstrations commenced on January 2 in Zhanaozen, a western oil town, in response to the notable hike in gas prices. 

By January 4, thousands of peaceful demonstrators from various regions of the country had joined the movement, advocating for both economic and political changes. In response, the government implemented crackdown measures over the ensuing six days, including restrictions on internet access. Kazakhstan's authorities have consistently curtailed basic freedoms and dismissed appeals for genuine reform.

Fatalities and Injuries Reported in Belgorod Amid Ongoing Drone Attacks in Russia

The circulation of the claim followed the news of two individuals losing their lives, and nineteen others sustained injuries on Thursday in the Belgorod region of western Russia, amidst the country experiencing extensive drone assaults for the third consecutive day.

The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the destruction of fourteen Ukrainian drones in border areas overnight, marking the latest surge in attacks ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for March 15-17, an event in which incumbent Vladimir Putin is virtually assured of victory.

Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov of the Belgorod region communicated via social media that one woman succumbed to injuries sustained during the most recent Ukrainian aerial assaults on Thursday, with nineteen others sustaining injuries.

Gladkov reported, "A car driven by a female civilian overturned into a ditch due to an explosion, resulting in the woman's immediate demise from her injuries," and further mentioned that three additional individuals had been wounded by shrapnel.

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Putin Asserts Russia's Nuclear Deterrence and Warns Against Aggression

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Russia is prepared to deploy nuclear weapons in defense of its statehood, sovereignty, and independence. In an interview with Russian state television released early Wednesday, Putin issued a direct warning to the West, emphasizing that Russia will not hesitate to respond if its interests are threatened. He underscored that nations claiming to have no "red lines" concerning Russia should recognize that Russia will adopt a similar stance.

Putin emphasized that any direct attack on Russia would result in defeat and dire consequences for the aggressor. He highlighted the superiority of Russia's nuclear triad—weapons deployed via land, sea, and air—asserting that it surpasses Western capabilities.

The Russian leader has consistently expressed his willingness to utilize nuclear weapons since the commencement of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Putin commended U.S, President Joe Biden for understanding the potential risks of nuclear escalation and expressed his belief that the world is not on the brink of a nuclear conflict.

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