2011 video from Libya viral as Ukraine shooting down Russian fighter jets.

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The video is from Libya where Libyan rebels shot down a warplane in 2011. 

After Russian army invaded Ukraine, videos and images of blasts and attacks flooded the social media platforms. In the backdrop of this, a video is circulating on social media claiming to show Ukrainian army shooting down Russian fighter planes.

The caption of the video “Ukraine is fighting with all its might and has shot down several Russian fighter jets. But, how long will he be able to withstand the all-round attack of the Russian army? This video of Ukraine’s shooting down of a Russian fighter plane is a witness to the courage of Ukraine.”

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We started our investigation by running a reverse image search on Yandex of a screengrab of the video. The results led us to the YouTube channel of Associated Press. They uploaded the viral video on 19 March 2011. The caption of the video stated that “Raw Video: Plane Shot Down by Libyan Rebels.”

According to the description of the video, it shows Libyan rebels shooting down a warplane that was bombing their eastern stronghold Benghazi, as the opposition accused Muammar Gaddafi’s government of defying calls for an immediate cease-fire (March 19).”

Channel 4 News published this video on 19 March 2011 with the description “A jet appears to have been shot down over Benghazi. There are reports Colonel Gaddafi’s troops have entered the Libyan city despite claims of a ceasefire.”

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Fact Crescendo found the claim made along with the viral video on social media to be False. A video from 2011 showing Libyan rebels shooting down a warplane is circulating as Ukraine shooting down Russian fighter jets.

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Title:2011 video from Libya viral as Ukraine shooting down Russian fighter jets.

Fact Check By: Aavya Ray 

Result: False