The claim: Video showing people dancing at a bar in Kyiv proves the war in Ukraine is fake
On Sept. 8, hours before Ukraine’s militarymounted a surprise counteroffensive in the Kharkiv regionthat forced Russian soldiers to hastily retreat, the Pentagon announced the Biden administration wouldbe sending yet another $675 million in weapons, ammunition and vehiclesto Ukraine. Theadministration has given Ukraine $15.2 billion altogether aid since President Joe Biden took office.
But false claims that the war is fake continue steadily to circulate on social media marketing, and a recentInstagram post peddledthat notion witha video showingcrowds of individuals dancing to music outside at a bar.
“Up to now the united states has given $40B to the fake war,” the Sept. 5 post’s caption reads. “That is Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday. Theyre now requesting another $13B.”
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The claim is false. Extensive footage andphotographs captured by international outlets demonstrate the war is real. Numerous international organizations have fundraised andplaced sanctions in reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
USA TODAY reached out to an individual who shared theclaim for comment.
Russia-Ukraine war is real
It’s been extensively reported on and photographed by numerous news outlets, includingtheAssociated Press, Reuters and BBC News, and alsointernational news correspondents on leading lines. Combat and wreckage has been filmed by outlets such as for example The Washington Postand the Wall Street Journal.
In reaction to the invasion, many countries have placedsanctions against Russia.
Video was filmed at bar in unoccupied section of Kyiv
The video involved was filmed atthe Hangover bar in Kyiv, that is now relatively distantfrom ongoing combat operations. The outdoor setup is equivalent to the main one shown in a video on the bar’s Facebook page.
Victor Arnautovic, a spokesperson for the bar, told USA TODAYthatthere is nothing concerning the current status of the warthat prevents folks from”dancing in the non-occupied regions of the united states.”
However, Hangover did respondto criticism fond of the bar for allowing dancing as the country suffered lossesfrom the invasionin a Sept. 1statement on Instagram.
“Most of us reside in this unjust war and its own realities,” the post’s caption reads. “Hangover opened its doors in June with a restaurant concept only, where we didnt play loud music to respect individuals that fight for the values and freedom most of us have confidence in.”
Based on the post, the bar’s management consulted with staff and members of the military before recently reopening as a bar with dancing and music in compliance with regulations.
The bar held a charity concert on Aug. 28 to improve funds for the military.
Our rating: False
Predicated on our research, we rate FALSEthe declare that a video showing people dancing at a bar in Kyiv proves the war in Ukraine is fake.Extensive footage andphotographs captured by international outlets demonstrate the war is real. Numerous countries and international organizations have fundraised andplaced sanctions in reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Our fact-check sources:
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- USA TODAY, Feb. 26,Battle for Kyiv intensifies; defiant Zelenskyy urges resistance: ‘The fight is here now.’ – recap
- USA TODAY,March 28,Fact check: False declare that the Russia-Ukraine conflict is ‘scripted and staged’
- USA TODAY,March 10,Fact check: Video shows Austrian climate protest, not ‘crisis actors’ in Ukraine
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- Hangover, July 28, Facebook post
- Hangover, Sept. 1, Instagram post
- The Washington Post,April 19,Why Russia quit on urban war in Kyiv and considered big battles in the east
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