Fact Check: Old Video Of Derailed Russian Military Wagon Resurfaces With War-Related Claims

As the war in Ukraine continues, the invading Russian forces have stepped up their offensive by launching missiles from submarines to neutralize enemy targets. The report comes shortly after Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelenskyy said life has become “difficult” in Donbas and Kharkiv due to Russian attacks.

In the midst of these events, a video has gone viral on social media showing Russian military vehicles shot down near a derailed train. It is shared with articles criticizing Russian inefficiency and raising questions about the possibilities of sabotage. Viral posts identify the location of the incident as the Russian city of Bryansk.

“Russians are so agile they can’t even deliver equipment normally. Russian incompetence or rail saboteurs. What do you think? Video allegedly shot near Bryansk,” one such facebook post was subtitled.

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The India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be misleading. This video has been available online since 2017. Russian media reports claim that this rail mishap occurred in the city of Chita.

AFWA probe

A reverse search of the screenshots from the video on Yandex led us to a a couple of videos on youtube. Both videos were uploaded in September 2017, years before the full invasion of Ukraine by Putin’s forces began.

One of them had a detailed description. When we translated it, we learned that the Russian channel claimed that the video was shot from the Transbaikalia region and that a staff member was injured in the incident. Transbaikalia or Transbaikal is a mountainous region located in the east of Russia.

He also identified the exact place as Chita-2 Station and a total of 13 cars were derailed.

We copied and searched for the Russian title of the YouTube video on Google. The main results were media reports from 2017. A Ukrinform.ru report on September 6, 2017, he had multiple photos of the accident and a YouTube video embedded. This 37-second video is the same one being shared now from Bryansk.

The story published by a non-profit organization called Inform Napalm had more information about the incident. He confirmed that the accident occurred at 1:33 p.m. local time on September 6, 2017 at the Chita-2 train station. The car involved was carrying artillery reconnaissance systems to the North Korean border, he said.

The now viral video was also used in this report.

Other Russian news website Iz.ru published the same day also contained the same information.

There were reports that Russia rejected the Ukrainian Air Force raiding the border city of Bryansk on April 30. However, an oil terminal in the city was damaged in the Ukrainian shelling. various reports saying.

We ran a Yandex search for military mishaps near Bryansk recently, but found nothing.

Therefore, it can be concluded that the old images of a railway mishap in eastern Russia are shared from the border city of Bryansk in the context of the war in Ukraine.

Russo-Ukrainian War and fact-checking

SayIn the midst of the war in Ukraine, video of a derailed Russian military train in the border city of Bryansk.conclusionThis video was shot at Russia’s Chita-2 train station in 2017. According to Russian media, the military cargo was carrying artillery reconnaissance systems to the North Korean border. It is not related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.


The number of ravens determines the intensity of the lie.

  • 1 raven: half true
  • 2 Ravens – Mostly Lies
  • 3 Crows: Absolutely false


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