By: Ranjini K
May 26 2022
A 2013 video of the derailment of oil wagons from Russia has been falsely shared as a Russian attack on the Lviv railway station in Ukraine.
A 2013 video of the derailment of oil wagons from Russia has been falsely shared as a Russian attack on the Lviv railway station in Ukraine.Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, social media has been flooded with false and misleading videos of Ukraine. One such video was from a Twitter account, NEXTA (@nexta_tv), with the caption "Consequences of night strikes on the railway in the Lviv region." The video depicts derailed train wagons on railway tracks. However, this claim is false. The video is old footage from the Belaya Kalitva station in Russia and is unrelated to the Russia-Ukraine war. A reverse image search from one of the keyframes of the video led us to a YouTube video posted on the account of Yuri Armytsev, that features the same images at 2:41 to 3:00 minutes. The caption states, "Consequences of the accident at the Belaya Kalitva station (Archived May 9, 2013)." This confirms the video is from 2013, from a separate incident that occurred in Russia. According to Forbes, on May 9, 2013, around 1:45 Moscow time, a freight train locomotive met with an accident while entering the Belaya Kalitva station in the Rostov region, Russia. The train had more than 50 tanks carrying oil products. Some of the wagons came off the tracks, caught fire, and exploded, damaging the wall of one of the 6th-floor residential buildings. Around 52 people were injured, and 18 were hospitalized due to the explosions. The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations posted images from the scene on May 09, 2013. The report stated that 503 people were evacuated from the accident spot to complete work by the department. It also mentions that there was no danger of chemical poisoning to people in proximity of the incident. The video is of a 2013 train accident in Russia and is not related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Hence we have marked the claim as false.