Was Russia really behind the simulated video of the Eiffel Tower getting blown up?

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Published: 2022-03-15 17:27

Last Updated: 2022-12-07 16:01


Was Russia really behind the simulated video of the Eiffel Tower getting blown up?
Was Russia really behind the simulated video of the Eiffel Tower getting blown up?

Social media users shared a video showing the French capital's exposure to air strikes, claiming that "Russian propaganda" published it as a threat of WWIII. However, the video was in fact made by a French team and published by official Ukrainian accounts to urge European authorities to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, according to AFP.

In the video, a woman appears trying to take a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower, which is suddenly bombed, then warplanes enter into frame and plumes of smoke rise from the tower. The bombing is also seen affecting other parts of the French capital.

However, the video was in fact not published by the Russian authorities. On the contrary, it has since been published on several official accounts belonging to the Ukrainian authorities, including the Ministry of Culture, Parliament and the Ministry of Defense, not as a threat, but rather to urge the European authorities to take action.

"Just think if this were to happen to another European capital," a caption in the video said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged NATO again on Sunday night to impose a no-fly zone over his country.