One of the things I’ve noticed about the war in Ukraine has been the prevalence of fake photos and fake videos being used to advance the West’s propaganda. The images are generally from some previous conflict, and usually not taken in Ukraine. There are so many of them that it makes me wonder whether this war has produced more fakery than previous wars, or whether the earlier fakes went undetected because the search and detection capabilities of the Internet weren’t as advanced as they are now.
The following video from Germany busts some fake video footage put out by the tabloid Bild. The clips used are from 2014 and 2015, and have nothing to do with the current war. Someone peddled them deliberately as disinformation. Was it Bild itself? Or did Bild just get snookered by some other actor?
|00:00||Now we have to deal with something completely psycho, and while you were speaking|
|00:04||we received images of an explosion of a power plant in Luhansk.|
|00:09||We’re watching them now. There’s a ball of fire. Dramatic images coming from that location.|
|00:16||Every where in the entire country we are seeing explosions. As you can hear now as well.|
|00:24||You are watching and hearing this as well Mr. Bruch. —About the demands from Putin…|
|00:28||As you speak, we are seeing images of Russian paratroopers landing near Kharkiv.|
|00:35||It looks like hundreds, thousands. It looks like a swarm of locusts in the sky|
|00:39||that is descending. This is really absolutely unbelievable.|
|00:45||These are images of Russian paratroopers invading.|
|00:49||They are landing there in Ukraine.|
|00:57||Yes, there’s no way to describe it other than a war.