Fact Check: The Video Does NOT Show PMC Wagner Military Convoy In Belarus


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Fact Check: The Video Does NOT Show PMC Wagner Military Convoy In Belarus Not Belarus

Does the video depict military vehicles of PMC (private mercenary company) Wagner on the territory of Belarus? No, that's not true: The video was taken during the mutiny in Russia on June 24, 2023.

The story originated from the TikTok account barmalei331 and was later deleted, but reappeared in a video (archived here) where it was reshared by lanastudioofficial on July 10, 2023, with hashtags #belarus #wagner #lukashenko #wagner #recommendation. Similar videos can be found here, here and here.

The text on the video, translated from Russian by Lead Stories staff, reads:

Wagner mercenaries welcome to Belorussia

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Thu Jul 13 06:24:03 2023 UTC)

The video showing a heavy convoy with loads of manpower, filmed from the opposite direction, was posted on a Telegram channel on June 24, 2023, with the description (translated from Russian by Lead Stories staff): "Wagner convoy in Voronezh oblast (region). Equipped with heavy military machinery. Anti-aircraft missile and gun system Pantsir-S1, tanks T-72B3, BMP-2, BRDM-2."

Twitter user Neonhandrail specializing in geolocation compared the video and the real images and concluded it was Voronezh Oblast, Russia.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during his press conference with foreign and regional journalists on July 6, 2023, replied that PMC Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin was not in Belarus.

On July 11 Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg in his speech, at the start of the 2023 NATO Summit in Vilnius, also confirmed that there was no deployment of Wagner forces in Belarus.

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