Story blogs

FACT CHECK: What’s the story behind a viral video of a girl confronting a Russian soldier in Ukraine?

CLAIM:

A video that has gone viral on the internet is accompanied by the claim that an eight-year-old Ukrainian girl confronted a Russian soldier, asking him to leave his country.

VERDICT:

False. This is an old video shot in 2012 during the occupation of Palestinian land by Israeli soldiers.

FULL TEXT:

The video showed a teenage girl in red shorts and a black sleeveless top facing a soldier. The video has been shared on virtually all social media platforms and blogs, claiming it is of an eight-year-old Ukrainian girl confronting a Russian soldier. The video was seen on YouTube, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter, while many blogs shared it for views.

One of the posters for the video on Tiktok, @staystrongukrainee had 13.1 million views and 871,000 likes. On another Facebook page, the video got over 4,000 likes and over 1,000 shares. It also appeared on YouTube, with 223,000 views.

Many people also shared the video on Whatsapp groups.

VERIFICATION

Reverse image searches and video verifications by Ripples Nigeria showed that the released video was shot in 2012. It is the video of Palestinian Ahed Tamimi, who is celebrated by Palestinians for her bravery in the attempt of resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, a landlocked territory. near the Mediterranean coast of Western Asia, largely populated and claimed by Palestinians. The land is however occupied by Israeli soldiers

In 2012, Ahed reportedly gained fame among Palestinian activists for an incident in which she led a group of children, including her younger brother, into an argument with Israeli soldiers. In a video of the incident found on YouTube, she is seen repeatedly raising her fist at a soldier and attempting to punch him. The video has the description: “Brave Palestinian Ahed Tamimi vs Soldier: Where is my brother?????? Ahed at the time was 11 years old.

Also Read: FACT CHECK: Did Nigeria experience only one major fuel shortage under Buhari as claimed by Femi Adesina?

One of the photos found by reverse image search bore the following caption: “Ahed Tamimi, sister of the boy whose attempted arrest by an Israeli soldier led to a scuffle in the West Bank on August 28, faces a soldier in 2012 “

Ahed: the teenage activist

Meanwhile, this was not the only video of Ahed Tamimi, who resided with her parents and cousin in Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village in the West Bank. She was also filmed on December 15, 2017, slapping an Israel Defense Forces soldier at the entrance to her home, while her mother was recording; she was arrested with her mother and cousin on December 19; and legal proceedings have been initiated against the three of them. At the time of her arrest, she was 16 years old.

Ahed, Nariman Tamimi (her mother) and Ahed’s 21-year-old cousin Nour have each been charged with aggravated assault on soldiers.

A military court judge ordered Nour’s release on January 5, 2018, saying the charges against the 21-year-old were fewer and less serious. However, Ahed and Nariman remained imprisoned. Ahed was charged with aggravated assault and preventing soldiers from carrying out their duties.

In January 2018, a military court judge ordered that 16-year-old Ahed and her mother remain behind bars until the end of the legal proceedings against them.

In one such proceeding, military court judge Haim Balilti reportedly said of the young Tamimi: “The intensity of her violence establishes a clear justification for the danger and indicates that her actions stem from the promotion of an ideological objective”.

Ahed spent 8 months in an Israeli prison before being released in July 2018.



FACT CHECK: What's the story behind a viral video of a girl confronting a Russian soldier in Ukraine?


FACT CHECK: What's the story behind a viral video of a girl confronting a Russian soldier in Ukraine?

By: Oluwatobi Odeyinka…

Join the conversation

Opinions

Support Ripples Nigeria, Support Solutions Journalism

Balanced and fearless journalism, driven by data, has huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leaders accountable and we will not trade the right to freedom of the press and freedom of expression for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do and are willing to support solutions journalism, please donate to the Nigeria Ripples cause.

Your support would help ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for the development of society.

Donate now