Did CNN hide its video reporting on Ukraine attacking Donetsk and killing innocent civilians there?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : CNN Hid Video Of Ukraine Attacking Donetsk!
People are sharing a video on WhatsApp, TikTok, and Facebook, which apparently shows CNN hiding its video reporting on Ukraine attacking Donetsk.
In the viral video, former Fox News presenter, Clayton Morris, appears to say that CNN hid a video showing Ukraine killing civilians in Donetsk.
The video then shows a CNN news report, in which the CNN reporter states:
The Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens, are also promoting the video, with comments like:
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) April 16, 2023
Truth : CNN Did Not Hide Video Of Ukraine Attacking Donetsk!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Original Clayton Morris Video Cannot Be Located
First, I need to point out that I am unable to locate the original Clayton Morris video, and so cannot verify if it was edited or not.
The examples shared on WhatsApp and Facebook appear to originate from a TikTok account called crazyballheads2, which posted it on 12 April 2023.
Fact #2 : CNN Video + Report Was Never Hidden
It took me less than 5 minutes to locate the original CNN video, and the accompanying news report, that was posted by Diana Magnay and Laura Smith-Spark on September 2, 2014.
So the claim that CNN hid the video on their website is nonsense. It is easily accessible by anyone on the CNN website.
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Fact #3 : Ukraine Was Trying To Regain Donetsk From Rebels
The Ukrainian army was attacking Donetsk because Russian-backed rebel forces took control of the Donbass region, after Russia annexed Crimea. For those who forget their history, here’s a quick recap:
In February 2014, Ukrainian protestors ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych from office. In retaliation, Russia invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, before supporting an armed insurgency in the Donbass region.
By April 2014, Russian-backed rebels seized government buildings in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces (oblasts), and proclaimed the creation of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. That started the armed conflict between Ukrainian armed forces and the Russian-backed rebels.
At first, Russia quietly supplied and helped the rebels with armaments and irregular troops. That led to the downing of MH17 by DPR forces using a Buk missile launcher that just arrived from Russia that day, and was quickly moved back across the border after that. The Buk missile launcher was later traced to Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade.
By August 2014, Russia dispensed with the pretence, and Russian forces actively participated in the conflict, helping to capture more Ukrainian territory.
Fact #4 : This Is Just Fake News About Ukraine War
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