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The fake video published by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the newspaper Zn.ua shows the destruction of Russian helicopters: taken from a video game.

Shortly after five in the morning of March 24, the Telegram file of the Ukrainian newspaper Zn.ua posted on the Internet a video showing the destruction of some helicopters, reporting the following statement: “The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zalogny said that the air defense of the Ground Forces was destroyed. Four Ukrainian K-52 helicopters of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the direction of Kherson this morning. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine also mentioned this on Twitter, where it attached the same video. In fact, the clip in question is taken from the video game “ArmA III” developed by the Czech manufacturer Bohemia Interactive. In other contexts besides the Ukraine conflict, as reported by the Reuters fact-finding portal, clips extracted from this video game have been posted on social networks and international media, believing them to be falsely true. The fake video clip was both taken down by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the online newspaper Zn.ua (internationally considered by the BBC, among others, the country’s most reliable and impartial publication).

The following article has been updated after a video validation

Here is the original version previously published with the title: “Ukrainian anti-aircraft helicopters destroy Russian Kamov Ka-52 helicopters in Kherson: it entered service in 2016.” Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Zaloghny claimed that four K-52 helicopters of the Russian Armed Forces were destroyed, It is a model that was used for the first time during the Syrian conflict, by the air defense of the Ukrainian ground forces in the direction of Kherson this morning.

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