No, this video doesn’t show a Russian airstrike on a NATO arms convoy

A video of a massive fire circulated widely on social media in late April along with captions claiming it showed a strike by the Russian army on a NATO weapons convoy en route to Ukraine. It turns out, however, that this is an old video that wasn’t filmed anywhere near Ukraine.

If you only have a minute:

  • A video of a massive fire garnered several million views on TikTok, X and Facebook when it was shared on April 26 by accounts that wrongly claimed that it showed the aftermath of a Russian airstrike on a NATO weapons convoy en route for Ukraine.

  • A reverse image search lead us to posts from February featuring the same video. It was actually filmed in the West Bank.

The fact check, in detail:

This video was published on TikTok, X and Facebook on April 26, garnering thousands of “likes” and several million views. The sounds of sirens blare as buildings burn in the distance.

The account that published the video claimed that the fire broke out after a strike on a NATO arms convoy on its way to Ukraine. However, the post does’t give a precise location for the scene.

“27 million Russians died defeating the last Nazi regime in Europe. Did you really think they were going to allow a second Nazi regime directly on their border?” reads the caption on another post featuring the same video.

“Attempt to put out the fire that began at the Royal Plastic factory in Hebron,” reads the caption on the post. If you look for the Royal Plastic Factory on Google Maps, then you’ll see that it is located in Hébron in the occupied West Bank.


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