People have been urged to ignore a fake video branded by BBC News that suggests Ukraine was responsible for a deadly missile attack on its own civilian population.
The video, which uses the BBC News logo and the same red-and-white graphics as the broadcaster, gives the false impression that Ukrainian forces were behind a rocket attack on a train station in Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine on Friday.
We are aware of a fake video branded by BBC News suggesting that Ukraine was responsible for last week’s rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station. The BBC is taking action to have the video removed. We urge people not to share it and check the stories on the BBC News website.
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) April 13, 2022
The BBC press office said: “We are aware of a fake video branded by BBC News suggesting that Ukraine was responsible for last week’s rocket attack on Kramatorsk railway station.
“The BBC is taking action to have the video removed.
“We urge people not to share it and check the stories on the BBC News website.”
The mocked video, reportedly sourced from pro-Kremlin accounts, has since aired on Russian state television and circulated on social media.
The one-minute, 27-second video features a BBC-style explainer saying the missile’s serial number is similar to the one fired by the Ukrainian army.
Below the text are graphic clips of bodies littering the ground after the blast, along with footage of damaged high-rise buildings across Ukraine and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy walking with military personnel.
In another part of the video, the text refers to the President of Ukraine as “Zelenskyy”, but the BBC website spells his last name as “Zelensky”.
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The fake video also claims that “military experts stress” that Ukraine is “using fake news to promote its position.”
According to Ukrainian authorities, around 4,000 civilians were in and around the Kramatorsk train station when a rocket fell on Friday, killing 50 people.
Photos from the crime scene showed tarpaulin-covered bodies on the ground and the remains of a rocket with the words “For the Children” painted on it in Russian.
The Russian Defense Ministry has denied that Russia was behind the attack.
President Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian leaders have accused the Russian military of deliberately attacking a place where only civilians were gathered.
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