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Video of Russian bombers is from 2018 training exercise

March 3, 2022 GMT
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk, Russia. Social media users are recirculating a 2018 CNN clip to claim it shows a recent Russian exercise in the Caribbean. (Alexei Panov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk, Russia. Social media users are recirculating a 2018 CNN clip to claim it shows a recent Russian exercise in the Caribbean. (Alexei Panov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk, Russia. Social media users are recirculating a 2018 CNN clip to claim it shows a recent Russian exercise in the Caribbean. (Alexei Panov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk, Russia. Social media users are recirculating a 2018 CNN clip to claim it shows a recent Russian exercise in the Caribbean. (Alexei Panov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 file photo, a supersonic Tu-160 strategic bomber flies above an airfield near the northern city of Murmansk, Russia. Social media users are recirculating a 2018 CNN clip to claim it shows a recent Russian exercise in the Caribbean. (Alexei Panov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

CLAIM: CNN footage shows that Russian President Vladimir Putin is on “America’s doorstep” with nuclear bombers in the Caribbean.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: Missing context. The footage being shared online is from a 2018 CNN news broadcast that described a 10-hour Russian training mission over the Caribbean. It does not show recent developments amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

THE FACTS: As Russian forces continue to advance on Ukraine, social media users are recirculating a 2018 clip from a CNN broadcast to falsely suggest that the footage shows recent Russian activity near the U.S.

The clip opens with CNN journalist Wolf Blizter describing the ongoing military tensions between Russia and the U.S. before introducing CNN correspondent Brian Todd’s story on the situation.

“Putin is on America’s doorstep with nuclear capable bombers that can fly twice the speed of sound,” Todd says.

The clips began resurfacing on Feb. 28 with misleading captions. One post shared 15,000 times stated: ’Russia deploys two nuke bombers in US backyard, Venezuela.” Another post said: “Putin making military moves in America’s backyard.”

But the clips are being shared without context. CNN first aired the footage in December 2018, when the 10-hour training exercise took place over the Caribbean. The full 4-minute-long segment can be found on YouTube.

At the time, The Associated Press reported that the nuclear-capable strategic bombers being used in the exercises — Tu-160 bombers — could carry conventional or nuclear-tipped cruise missiles with a range of 5,500 kilometers (3,410 miles.) The Russian Defense Ministry said they were escorted by Venezuelan fighter jets during the exercise.

The U.N. General Assembly voted Wednesday during an emergency session for Russia to put an end to its invasion of Ukraine and withdraw troops.

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