Fact Check

Does Video Show Ukrainian Armed Forces Training Child Soldiers?

Social media users started sharing a video that supposedly showed Ukrainian child soldiers trained to fight in the war with Russia.

Published Jun 16, 2023

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A viral video posted on June 14, 2023, showed Ukrainian Armed Forces training child soldiers.

In mid-June 2023, social media users, including First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the U.N. Dmitriy Polyanskiy, shared a video that allegedly showed proof that child soldiers were recruited in Ukraine to fight against Russia. Although the video is authentic, it does not show Ukrainian Armed Forces training underage soldiers.