Ukrainian Man Caught Smoking While Pretending To Be Dead?

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Was a Ukrainian man caught smoking a cigarette while pretending to be dead?!

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Ukrainian Man Caught Smoking While Pretending To Be Dead!

People are sharing a video on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, claiming to show a Ukrainian crisis actor caught smoking a cigarette while pretending to be dead!

The video is often accompanied by comments like these :

Look at the fake body count in Ukraine. One of the bodies is still having his last Cigarette lol

Dead Ukrainians still can smoke, low class western media 👎🙈🐷

Miracles in #Ukraine never cease!!! The supposed pile of dead bodies of civilians after an alleged Russian attack. But look one the dead has not managed to kick his smoking habit even in the afterlife


Truth : “Dead Ukrainian Man” Was Smoking On Russian Rap Video Set!

This is yet another example of anti-Ukrainian fake news, designed to disparage claims of atrocities in Ukraine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Posted A Year Ago

The video was posted on TikTok a year ago – on 28 March 2021. That was long before Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

Fact #2 : It Was A Russian Video

If you look carefully at the video, you can see that it was posted by @vasyaivanovdesign.

That’s the TikTok account of Vasya Ivanov (Вася Иванов), a Russian art director and production designer based in Moscow.

Ukrainian Man Caught Smoking While Pretending To Be Dead?

Fact #3 : It Was A Behind The Scenes Video

The video is actually a “behind the scenes” video that Vasya Ivanov shot on the set of Никогда-нибудь (Never Ever), a song by Russian rapper, Хаски (Husky).

We know this because he posted it on his TikTok account, with the description (in Russian, with the English translation) :

Съемки клипа Хаски – Никогда-нибудь #Хаски #рэперхаски #бекстейдж #какснимали #съемки #backstage #рекомендации #хочуврек #рек #хаски

Filming a Husky clip – Never ever #Husky #rapperhusky #backstage #how to shoot #shooting #backstage #recommendations #hochuvrek #rek #husky

Ivanov also shared two “behind the scenes” video clips showing the “Making of Husky – Never ever“, including how they pulled the body bags up the side of the building (here and here).

Fact #4 : Husky Video Was Released In 2020

The Husky music video was released on 26 September 2020 – almost 1.5 years before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Vasya Ivanov was credited as the set designer, while the director of photography was Kirill Groshev (Кирилл Грошев), and the director was Evgeny Bakirov (Евгений Бакиров).

At 2:24 of the music video, you can see the black body bags being lowered from the white building, which are then carried away by the orange truck.

Ukrainian Man Caught Smoking While Pretending To Be Dead?

Fact #5 : Similar Crisis Actor Video Was Posted Earlier

There appears to be a trend of posting videos claiming to prove that the Ukrainians are hiring crisis actors to pretend to be dead bodies.

Just a week earlier, a video claiming to show a “dead” Ukrainian crisis actor waking up on live TV went viral.

The truth is – people are being killed in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and these fake videos are abhorrent attempts to cover that up.

Read more : Was “Dead” Ukrainian Crisis Actor Caught Waking Up On TV?!

This is ultimately a Russian “behind the scenes” video that was intentionally used to mislead you into believing that the Ukrainians are lying about people dying in Putin’s “special military operation”.

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