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This isn’t a real video showing the Ukrainian military shooting down Russian helicopters. It’s a simulation from the Arma 3 video game.
Some videos and photographs that claim to be from the war in Ukraine merit a closer look when they are shared on social media. PolitiFact has found many examples of clips that were sold as real destruction that actually originated from video games.
One new video purports to show the Ukrainian military shooting down Russian helicopters. "Ukraine soldier use MANPADS to easily destroy Russian helicopters," the video’s caption reads.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
This isn’t real footage from the war. It’s from a video game.
Using keyword searches we found the same video on YouTube, which described the scene as a simulation from Arma 3, a military tactical shooter video game that’s been used several times in false claims about the fighting in Ukraine.
We rate these posts False.
UPDATE, June 7, 2022: We updated this fact-check to include another Facebook video misrepresenting video game footage.
Facebook post, May 29, 2022
YouTube, Russian helicopters shot down by MANPADS /Arma3 simulation, May 29, 2022
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