A recent description of a Facebook video might cheer supporters of Ukraine, but it doesn’t reflect reality.
"Revolt in Russia! Treasure bankruptcy, mass protests, Army destroyed!" the caption on the Dec. 18 post says.
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The post’s nearly 12-minute video discusses Russia’s economy, but neither "mass protests" nor claims that Russia’s army was destroyed. It’s akin to a recent post we checked that wrongly alleged that the war in Ukraine is "all over;" we rated that False.
The Guardian reported Dec. 18 that "fragile morale almost certainly continues to be a significant vulnerability across much of the Russian force," according to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. But Russian forces haven’t been outright "destroyed," as the post claims, and the war continues.
Reuters reported Dec. 17 that Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought commanders’ proposals for how the country’s Ukraine invasion should proceed. Putin recently said that the Russian military is conducting military exercises in Belarus, and that Russia continues to attack Ukraine with drone strikes.
We rate claims that Russia’s army was destroyed False.