Ukraine says viral video of migrants being shot at is pretend

A viral video claiming to point out Ukrainian border guards taking pictures a bunch of migrants at a border with Belarus is pretend, Ukraine’s Border Guard mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday, denying such an incident ever occurred.

“This information is untrue,” the border guard service mentioned in an announcement, denouncing the video that just lately surfaced on social media as “a fake.” No teams of unlawful migrants had been found on Ukraine’s border with Belarus, the assertion added because it referred to as on Ukrainians to not disseminate “false information” and belief “only verified and official sources.”

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The video in query, taken on an infrared digital camera, was allegedly recorded on November 29, in keeping with the border guards. The footage reveals a bunch of individuals transferring in two columns in full darkness. It is unclear by way of which territory they’re transferring however some sources then promptly claimed that it was the exclusion zone surrounding Ukraine’s notorious Chernobyl nuclear energy plant, which is on the nation’s northern border with Belarus.

At some level, the persons are seen speeding again whereas a few of them fall to the bottom. Later, the video reveals one other group of individuals closing in on these mendacity on the bottom, with not less than one in every of them taking pictures what seems to be an assault rifle.

The border guard didn’t touch upon the contents of the video however mentioned that it’s not the primary time such “fake messages” are disseminated. Previous pretend studies supposedly urged {that a} group of migrants had been detained within the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Kiev refuted these studies as effectively.

The assertion comes amid an ongoing migrant disaster on the Belarusian border with Poland that noticed weeks of makes an attempt by 1000’s of migrants from troubled international locations like Iraq and Syria to get into the EU. Brussels blamed Belarus for placing on flights from these states as a part of a “hybrid war” in opposition to the EU – one thing that Minsk repeatedly denied, claiming it merely cannot afford higher border safety as a result of heavy sanctions imposed by the bloc.