Was a “dead” Ukrainian crisis actor caught waking up on TV, during a live video of civilian casualties?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : “Dead” Ukrainian Crisis Actor Caught Waking Up On TV!
People are sharing a video which they claimed is evidence of Ukrainian fake news.
It shows a reporter speaking, with rows of black body bags behind him – supposedly civilian casualties in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
One of the “dead” Ukrainian crisis actor is seen fiddling with his body bag that was blowing in the wind, before a lady goes to help cover him up!
Truth : “Dead” Crisis Actor Was NOT Caught Waking Up On Ukrainian TV!
This is yet another example of anti-Ukrainian fake news, apparently created and distributed by pro-China activists.
Fact #1 : TV Broadcast Was In German
The video has the chyron, WIEN: DEMO GEGEN KLIMAPOLITIK, with one individual holding a sign that said “Aktuell Klimapolitik Nicht“.
Those are German words, not Ukrainian or Russian; and the reporter was speaking in German.
This is one of the reasons why I believe this to be a Chinese effort at misinformation, rather than Russian.
Russians would not waste their time with this video, because they know that most Europeans would be able to identify the German language even if they don’t understand it.
Fact #2 : oe24TV Is Austrian, Not Ukrainian
The video identifies the reporter as Marvin Bergauer of oe24TV – a TV channel that belongs to Österreich.
Österreich, which literally means Austria, is an Austrian newspaper that publishes in the German language.
Fact #3 : Video Was About A Climate Change Protest
The video was actually about a climate change protest in Vienna, as these English translations will tell you :
- WIEN: DEMO GEGEN KLIMAPOLITIK = Vienna: Demo against climate policy
- Aktuell Klimapolitik Nicht = No to the current climate policy
The “dead bodies” were not crisis actors, but 49 protesters in body bags outside the Federal Chancellery in Vienna. This was what oe24 reporter, Marvin Bergauer, was saying in German :
Fact #4 : Video Was Taken Before Russian Invasion Of Ukraine
This video was recorded on 4 February 2022 – 20 days before Russia invaded Ukraine.
You can confirm this in the official oe24TV broadcast page for this protest, as well as this tweet by the Fridays for Future group in Vienna.
Seit 400 Tagen hat Österreich kein wirksames Klimaschutzgesetz.
Und das mit einer Bundesregierung, die sich „Klimaschutz“ groß auf die Fahnen schreibt.
Durch jeden Tag (!), an dem Österreich seine Treibhausgasemissionen nicht senkt, werden 49 Menschen zu Tode kommen.
— Fridays For Future Wien (@ViennaForFuture) February 4, 2022
Fact #5 : Video Was Also Misused By COVID-19 Deniers
This video was also misused earlier by COVID-19 deniers who claimed that these are crisis actors in Germany who pretended to be dead COVID-19 patients.
They were sharing it as evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic was staged or planned, and that people did not actually die from it.
This video was already circulating in the West since 9 February 2022, so it would be really peculiar for Russian disinformation teams to reuse it.
This would suggest that the video is being used by Chinese disinformation efforts unfamiliar to its earlier circulation in the West.
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