The original footage is of Zelenskyy welcoming former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Kyiv in 2022.
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This Facebook post with a video supposedly of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcoming a robot sent to Ukraine from the United Kingdom (UK) is ALTERED.
The text across the video reads: “New leaked footage of a robot sent to Ukraine from the UK.”
The video credits the footage to 10 Downing Street, the locale of the British Prime Minister.
A reverse image search on TinEye confirmed that the initial video capture was from 2022, and depicts Zelenskyy welcoming former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, contrary to the claim of a robot’s presence.
The original video was featured in an 11 April 2022 article by The Independent under the title, “GOP Senate Candidate Compares Ukrainian President Zelensky to Osama Bin Laden.”
The original footage uploaded by 10 Downing Street on 24 August 2022 also shows Zelenskyy with Johnson.
The original video’s description is: “Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Zelenskyy walk around Kyiv on Independence Day of Ukraine. In Kyiv today, the Prime Minister outlined the UK’s next major package of support for Ukraine, including unmanned surveillance and anti-tank loitering munitions. This package will improve Ukraine’s long-range surveillance and defensive targeting ability.”
PesaCheck has looked into a video on a Facebook post purportedly of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcoming a robot sent to Ukraine from the United Kingdom (UK) and finds it to be ALTERED.
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The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.