Video from 2020 viral as Russian aircraft shot down by the Ukrainian military

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The video does not have any relation with the ongoing Ukraine and Russian clashes. This video is available on the internet since 2020.

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 a Russian aircraft that was shot down by the Ukrainian military. 

The caption of the post read, “Breaking : Ukraine military shot down Russian aircraft. Pilot is safe, jet likely to be Su35 : #Ukraine Military.”

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We started our investigation by running a Yandex reverse image search of a screengrab of the video whose results led us to an article published by Daily Mail on 4 September 2020. According to the report, this video went viral in 2020 claiming that Taiwanese military shot down a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet after it intruded into the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. 

However, the Taiwanese officials have denied that it had shot down a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet after social media footage shows a crashed plane burning near a building. Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence said the claim of it shooting down a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet was ‘false information’.

The Ministry of Defence in Taiwan has posted the same clarification on their Twitter account on 2020.

Following this, the Taiwan Fact Check Centre spoke to the Taiwanese Air Force in 2020, who clarified that the news is false. Their full response was-

“The news that Taiwan has shot down a Chinese warplane is completely false. We strongly condemn this kind of propaganda.” –Taiwan Air Force Command Headquarters.

Fact Crescendo Malayalam had published a fact check on this incident in 2020.


Fact Crescendo found the claim made along with the viral video on social media to be False. The viral video does not show Ukrainian military shooting down a Russian Aircraft. The video is present on the internet since 2020. This video had earlier gone viral as Taiwan shooting down Chinese jet but the Taiwan Defence Ministry has refuted the viral claims.

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Title:Video from 2020 viral as Russian aircraft shot down by the Ukrainian military

Fact Check By: Aavya Ray 

Result: False