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Russian military tanks are not being sold on eBay

March 4, 2022 GMT

CLAIM: Ukrainians are selling used Russian tanks on eBay.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. An image being shared on social media, purporting to show a tank for sale, was fabricated, according to an eBay spokesperson. Further, eBay prohibits the sale of military vehicles.

THE FACTS: Social media users in recent days shared a fabricated image of an eBay listing, claiming Ukrainians are selling captured military tanks on the site amid Russia’s invasion.

The post states: “Used Russian T-72 tank - fully functional.” It lists the end date of the sale as March 11.

Ukrainians are selling used Russian Tanks on eBay,” reads one tweet that shared the bogus screenshot. The post had more than 17,000 retweets.

But a spokesperson for eBay told The Associated Press in an email that the post is fabricated.

“This is not an image of an actual, recent eBay listing,” Trina Somera, a spokesperson for the online auction site, said in a statement to the AP.

While the photo featured in the fabricated post shows a T-72 tank, the same photo can be found circulating online since at least 2010. In the post, the date and time for the end of the sale is in bold, which does not match the appearance of other eBay listings. No such listing can be found on eBay currently or through a Google search.

A company policy restricts the sale of military items, including most vehicles. A Google search reveals at least two other recent eBay listings claiming to be for T-72 Russian tanks, but both now lead to an error page. Cached versions of the pages show neither user was from Ukraine, and both used photos of tanks that have been online for years.

Several false and unverified claims have circulated on social media recently about Ukrainian civilians taking captured or abandoned Russian tanks. In another instance, users shared an old video of a Russian blogger in a tank, falsely claiming it occurred during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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This is part of AP’s effort to address widely shared misinformation, including work with outside companies and organizations to add factual context to misleading content that is circulating online. Learn more about fact-checking at AP.