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From Deepfakes to Manipulated Pics: A Collection of Rumors About the Russia-Ukraine War

From deepfake videos featuring Putin to video game clips being miscaptioned as war footage, countless pieces of misinformation have surfaced.

Published Feb 24, 2022

Updated Jan 26, 2023
In this photo illustration a flag of Russia seen on a smartphone screen and an Ukraine flag-map in the background in Athens, Greece on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Nikolas Kokovlis/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Creators of online disinformation thrive in times of crisis.

Whether they are political agents or agenda-focused journalists, these so-called "bad actors" do well polluting our media ecosystem with misleading or false information during breaking news events because people are emotional (scared, confused, angry, excited, etc.) and want instant explanations.

In short, people are eager to spread links that justify their feelings or existing beliefs about the chaos — oftentimes without taking a pause to make sure what they say, or show, is true.

Snopes does not want that to be you.

Below is a list of rumors or falsehoods that circulated during the Russia-Ukraine war in 2022. We are continuously adding to the list.

Person, Human, Tie
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According to a false and misleading Telegram video CNN and Don Lemon broadcast a crude oil tank farm explosion fire in Edmonton Canada from 2021 to represent Lviv Ukraine in 2022.
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Tie, Accessories, Accessory
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Tie, Accessories, Accessory
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Person, Human, Clothing
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US President Joe Biden was speaking to US troops in Poland about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and said the words And you're gonna see when you're there.
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Volodymyr Zelenskyy
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A headline about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy read Ukraine Rejects Dee Snider's Offer To Use We're Not Gonna Take It As BattleCry.
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Person, Human, Train
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Person, Human, Astronaut
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Weapon, Weaponry, Wheel
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Person, Human, Military
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Dance Pose, Leisure Activities, Person
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tank ukraine
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ukraine refugees
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Clothing, Apparel, Person
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Person, Human, Pedestrian
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Azov Battalion Ukraine
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Person, Human, Military Uniform
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Face, Person, Human
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Symbol, Road Sign, Sign
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Audience, Crowd, Person
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did pornhub block russian users
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Airplane, Aircraft, Vehicle
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Clothing, Apparel, Person
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girl confronts soldier
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Person, Human, People
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snipers
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Smoke, Airplane, Aircraft
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Clothing, Apparel, Shirt
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Airplane, Vehicle, Transportation
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Person, Human, Crowd
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Mammal, Animal, Elephant
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Worker at Russian Refinery
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Flag, Symbol, Person
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Military, Person, Human
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Sitting, Person, Human
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Person, Human, Audience
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Person, Human, Face
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Face, Person, Human
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Person, Human, Machine
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bounty on putin
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disney plus removing anastasia
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Clothing, Apparel, Person
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Tie, Accessories, Accessory
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Mobile Phone, Cell Phone, Electronics
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Military, Military Uniform, Person
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Text, Person, Human
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Banner, Text, Person
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Flag, Symbol, Finger
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According to social media posts a Fox News guest named Monica Crowley told Jesse Watters that Russia is now being canceled.
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Clothing, Apparel, Person
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Tie, Accessories, Accessory
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Person, Human, Text
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Person, Human, Building
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Truck, Vehicle, Transportation
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According to viral videos US President Joe Biden said how do we get to the place where you know Putin decides he's gonna just invade Russia.
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A video said to have been shot at night in Ukraine purportedly showed a Russian missile following a boomerang pattern due to a malfunction, ending with an explosion in the same location where it was launched.
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Person, Human, Text
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Person, Human, Flag
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Face, Person, Human
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Arma 3 clip miscaptioned as Russian attack on Ukraine
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Person, Human, Crowd
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Outdoors, Animal, Nature
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biolabs in ukraine
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leonardo dicaprio
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is finland moving tanks to russian border?
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did ian mckellen visit ukraine?
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mass graves ukraine
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ladimir elensky fake time magazine cover
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ukrainian mothers are writing their family contacts on the bodies of their children
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tulips in colors of ukraine flag
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ukrainian monuments and cultural sites
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tucker carlson
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Jessica Lee is Snopes' Senior Assignments Editor with expertise in investigative storytelling, media literacy advocacy and digital audience engagement.

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