Video Game Clip Shared As Real Missile Attack in Russia-Ukraine War

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The tension between Russia and Ukraine started to build up after Russia started deploying troops near the Ukraine border. On one hand, it is being speculated that Russia may attack Ukraine anytime but Russia said that it has no intention to attack or invade Ukraine. 

Amid such tension, users are sharing a video of tanks destroying fighter planes claiming it to be the scene from the war between Russia and Ukraine. 

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A close inspection of the video raises doubt about the video’s authenticity. Though viral video seems to be live telecasted by some news channels, the logo of the channel is missing. 

Considering these inconsistencies, we did a reverse image search on the keyframes of the video. Google results showed us that the viral clip is taken from gameplay. 

It is from a video game called ArmA 3. You can see the ‘A-10 Warthog vs. Anti-Air Tank’ game simulation on YouTube. 

You can visit the ArmA 3 game website here.

“Experience true combat gameplay in a massive military sandbox. Arma 3 is developed and published by Bohemia Interactive,” mentions It’s About US Page.


According to BBC, Russia already deployed more than 100,000 troops close to the Ukraine border around 30,000 soldiers are engaged in military exercises in Belarus. 

On other hand, Russia claimed that this is just a mere military exercise and it had already sent a few troops back to base. 

This report also gave a graphical representation of the Russian army at the Ukraine border.  As of 18 February, there was no engagement of troops on the battlefield. So the claim that viral video is a scene of war between Russia and Ukraine is false. 


Clip of a video game – ArmA 3 – shared as real visuals of the Russia-Ukraine war. As per the news report, the war between the two nations has not started yet..


Title:Video Game Clip Shared As Real Missile Attack in Russia-Ukraine War

Fact Check By: Siddharth Sahu 

Result: False