Claim: Social media users have claimed that the wife of the Ukrainian Vice-President has joined the country’s military as they fight against invasion from Russia.
The claim is false. The photo that is being used to back the claim dates back to August 2021. Moreover, Ukraine does not have a Vice-President.
A photo of a gun-wielding woman in a military uniform has gone viral on social media, especially on Twitter. According to users who have shared the image, it is the wife of the Ukrainian Vice-President.
The claim comes as tension escalates between Russia and Ukraine as casualties increase after three days of bombing in the Ukrainian capital.
To authenticate the claim, DUBAWA did a Google reverse image search to identify matching images and several results came up.
Their caption for the photo reads:
“Kyiv, Ukraine – August 22, 2021: Rehearsal of the military parade on occasion of 30 years Independence Day of Ukraine. Ukrainian smiling female soldier in military uniform on Khreshchatyk street”
Moreover, in the government structure of Ukraine, it does not have a Vice-President.
DUBAWA rates the claim as false because the photo of the said woman dates back to August 2021. Moreover, Ukraine does not have a Vice-President.