This video showing Ukrainians kneeling as a convoy passes was filmed before the current war
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Tens of thousands of people have watched a video posted on Facebook that allegedly shows Ukrainians kneeling as a convoy carries religious relics through the streets of Kyiv to a bunker. However, this video is actually from several years ago and shows a funeral procession for fallen soldiers in another part of Ukraine.
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A video has been circulating online that people claim shows a convoy carrying religious relics from Kyiv Cathedral to a bunker as fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian armies escalates.
However, it turns out this video was filmed in 2015.
The video was actually filmed in the Lviv Oblast, or region, more than 500 kilometres from Kyiv, and likely shows a funeral procession for fallen soldiers.
The verification in detail
A Facebook post in Portuguese featuring the video has garnered more than 11,000 views. Another post in English with the same video has gotten a further 4,000 views and the video has been shared at least 3,000 times on Twitter. The video shows a procession made up of three vehicles moving slowly. One of the vehicles is draped with a Ukrainian flag. Several hundred people can be seen kneeling as the convoy passes.
Captions in the video claim that the convoy was transporting religious relics, including a crucifix from Kyiv Cathedral, to a safe bunker as pressure increases on the Ukrainian capital. Currently, deadly fighting between the Russian and Ukrainian armies is taking place in its suburbs.
Why it's false
We ran this video through the plugin InVid WeVerify and found that the video was filmed in 2015 or even earlier. We were able to establish that because we found that the same video had been posted on April 20, 2015 on RuTube, the Russian version of YouTube.
At the start of the version of the video on RuTube, which is longer, you can see signs written in Ukrainian that say Stryi and Drohobych, which are two towns in the Lviv Oblast in western Ukraine. The FRANCE 24 Observers team wasn’t able to confirm the exact location where the video was filmed.
“How Ukrainians become Cyborg heroes,” reads the caption on the video posted on RuTube in 2015. The term “Cyborg” refers to Ukrainian soldiers who participated in defending the Donetsk International Airport during the war in eastern Ukraine.
“Glory to Ukrainian heroes, death to Russian occupiers,” reads the text at the end of the video. Ukrainian blogs that shared the video, like the one below, feature people who say that they took the knee because they wanted to honour all of the fallen soldiers.
At the end of the video you can see a coffin, which makes it likely that the convoy is actually a funeral procession and not transporting relics from the Kyiv Cathedral.
Editor's Note: A Portuguese post was listed as a Spanish post in the original article.