A user on Twitter shared a photograph of a crowded train station he claimed was of Ukrainians attempting to flee after Russia’s invasion of the country.
The alleged photograph was truly taken in Kharkiv train station during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as millions of people were attempting to flee the country. Tim Mak, NPR’s investigative correspondent in Ukraine, was one of the first to share the picture online. This claim is true.
Amidst the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, a user on Twitter, Rotimi Adeosun (RMA), (@adeosunm) tweeted a photograph of a crowded train station he claimed to be the Kharkiv train station in Ukraine. The user implied that the crowd at the train station were Ukrainians attempting to flee the country because of the Russian invasion.
“Behold Kharkiv Railway Station in Ukraine.” Mr Adeosun wrote, “Let warmongers know war is not a child’s play and it is very dangerous.”
A screenshot of the alleged claim
The same image was also tweeted by NEXTA (@nexta_tv) with the caption:
“Photo of the #Kharkhiv railway station”.
The tweet attracted over 20 thousand reactions and was retweeted by over 9 thousand users across Twitter.
The claim received a plethora of comments; while some users felt sorry for the struggling crowd in the picture, others held distinct opinions.
One user, Yeahnomaybenot (@Yeahnomaybenot), felt the crises will only escalate COVID-19 cases across Europe since the large crowd at the train stations are apparently not abiding by the distancing regulations.
“Sadly, I think this will soon cause a new Covid outbreak/strain. Europe needs to prepare for this hypothetical disaster right away. Ongoing war + millions of refugees + new Covid surge would be devastating to the whole of Europe. If only we could do something to stop the war.”
Another user, Brian Postlewait (@cityofpeace) simply feels the situation is a humanitarian disaster.
“Humanitarian disaster. This picture is from Kharkiv #Ukraine️.” he comments.
In the recent past, multiple images and videos were maliciously and falsely used to depict the crises. This reality has misled many and forced others to make decisions based on fake information, thus calling for reasons for this information to be authenticated.
When DUBAWA conducted a Yandex image reverse search on the image, results traced the earliest online appearance of the photograph to a tweet by Tim Mak (@timkmak), who is an Investigative Correspondent for NPR in Ukraine.
Mr Mak, who tweeted the photograph on March 7th, captioned that he received the photograph from an aide to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“An aide to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs sends along this photo of the train station in the embattled northeast town of Kharkiv.”
Apparently, the incident at the Kharkiv train station truly occurred and was reported by multiple credible media outlets.
In a news report by the Mirror.co.uk, the image was featured alongside the headline:
“Thousands of Ukrainians pour into train station fleeing war-ruined Kharkiv” a day after Tim Mak shared it.
Additionally, several other videos and photographs have surfaced that show a similar scene at the same Kharkiv train station and on the same date as the image was noticed to have appeared (7th March). For example, a video from a news report by The Guardian, showed a massive crowd at Kharkiv train station striving to get on board.
To further confirm the authenticity of the photograph, DUBAWA ran a forensic analysis of the alleged picture on Forensically and results show that it was neither doctored nor altered.
The photograph was truly taken in Kharkiv train station during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at a time millions of people were attempting to flee the country. Tim Mak, NPR’s investigative correspondent in Ukraine, was one of the first to share the picture online and he said the news organization received the picture from an aide to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Hence, this claim is true.