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This Video Does Not Feature the Deployment of NATO Troops in Ukraine

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
22nd May 2023
This Video Does Not Feature the Deployment of NATO Troops in Ukraine
The video displays the evacuation of U.S. forces from Afghanistan (Twitter)

The Claim

A video clip shows military personnel from NATO stationed in Ukraine recently.

Emerging story

Amidst the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, a video started circulating on social media, purporting to feature NATO soldiers deployed in Ukraine.

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Misbar’s Analysis

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

Through an extensive reverse image search, Misbar’s team discovered that the circulating video is outdated and has no connection to Ukraine or NATO forces.

The Video Features U.S. Forces' Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Despite the circulating claims, the widely shared video was shot in 2021 and displays the evacuation of U.S. forces from Afghanistan following the Taliban's seizure of power in the nation.

MediaLeaks uploaded the video to a published article on August 20, 2021.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of MediaLeaks’s article.

According to the article, the video footage shows the efforts of the U.S. military in securing the runway to facilitate the departure of planes carrying refugees and foreign residents from Afghanistan

The military's task of rescuing refugees at the airport is frequently impeded by the overwhelming presence of people. Consequently, U.S. soldiers are presently employing Apache attack helicopters to clear the runway. These helicopters are deployed to fly at low altitudes across the field, serving the purpose of clearing the path and allowing aircraft to maneuver safely.

The video was also uploaded on YouTube on the same date. 

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the original video from YouTube.

U.S. Troops Withdrew from Afghanistan 

On August 30, 2021, the United States Armed Forces concluded their withdrawal from Afghanistan, marking the end of the war that lasted from 2001 to 2021. In February 2020, the Trump administration and the Taliban reached an agreement known as the US-Taliban deal in Doha, Qatar.

Russia-Ukraine's Ongoing War

After the Russian Federation initiated a military offensive on February 24, 2022, the security situation in Ukraine deteriorated rapidly. The violence escalated in various regions, including Kyivska oblast, Kyiv, and the already conflict-affected eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.

According to the United Nations, approximately 12 million individuals in Ukraine will require relief and protection due to the ongoing crisis. Additionally, it is anticipated that more than 4 million Ukrainian refugees may seek assistance and protection in neighboring countries in the upcoming months.

In addition to providing political support, NATO has significantly increased its practical aid to Ukraine. In response to Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO Foreign Ministers agreed to implement measures that would enhance Ukraine's capacity to ensure its own security. Furthermore, they decided to expand their practical support to Ukraine by strengthening existing cooperation programs and introducing substantial new initiatives.

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