Video claiming to show Russian missile created using visual effects | app

CLAIM: Video captures an American journalist reacting as a Russian Kinzhal missile hits land in Ukraine and causes a massive explosion.

THE FACTS: The video was previously posted by a visual effects artist who used the same background and sound effects in multiple videos, and hypersonic missile experts have confirmed that it does not look like such a armed.

Throughout Russia’s war on Ukraine, social media users trying to push certain narratives or gain followers have posted digital animations and video game footage, misrepresenting them as images of fight.

Four months into the war, another computer-generated video is circulating, this one with false claims showing a Russian missile hitting land in Ukraine and an American journalist reacting in shock.

The video shows a grassy field with a white tent and trees behind. A white object falls from the upper right side of the sky and disappears behind the trees. A fiery explosion erupts in the distance, and a male voice shouts profanity in the background.

“A Russian Kinzhal missile at 12,000 kilometers per hour, 10 times faster than the speed of sound, was used today to destroy a Ukrainian weapons depot 136 meters underground,” a shared caption read. with the video on Instagram. “The video shows the amazement of an American journalist who witnessed this.”

However, an analysis of footage from the video reveals that it was previously posted by a visual effects artist who goes by InsanePatient2. On YouTube and TikTok, the artist titled the video “What if Russia starts a nuclear war?” The visual artist, who did not respond to an emailed request for comment, posted other videos that use the same terrain scenery and audio track.

The Russian Kinzhal missile is a hypersonic missile, a class of weapons that travels at speeds close to ballistic missiles but are difficult to shoot down due to their maneuverability. In March, Russia claimed to have used the Kinzhal missile for the first time in combat, to destroy an underground warehouse storing Ukrainian missiles and aviation ammunition in Ukraine’s western Ivano-Frankivsk region.

The Pentagon said at the time that the United States could not confirm that the Russians had used a hypersonic missile. Hypersonic missile experts confirmed that video widely circulated online this week did not show such a missile, as the object in the video was moving too slowly.

“The velocity of a hypersonic missile in its terminal phase (just before it hits the target) is very high, over a mile per second,” wrote Kelly Stephani, professor of mechanical science and engineering at the ‘University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in an email. at the Associated Press. “If I had to estimate, this video shows a projectile traveling (tilde) 1000 to 2000 feet towards the target and took 2 seconds to impact. If it was a hypersonic missile it would have traveled that distance in a split second.”

“The real missile would be so fast that it would appear as a rapid sequence on video – likely captured in a single frame,” said Jonathan Poggie, a professor at Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Briana R. Cross