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Fact Check: Does a TikTok Show Russians Parachuting Into Ukraine?
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Fact Check: Does a TikTok Show Russians Parachuting Into Ukraine?

No.

A viral video claims to show a Russian military member making a TikTok of himself parachuting into Ukraine:

The video originated on TikTok with user romanadler123. The video appears to have been deleted from his TikTok now, but another viral TikTok of him parachuting was posted on February 22, 2022. It remained there until Thursday, though it also appears to have been deleted. Both videos, however, are several years old. Romanadler123 has the same username on Instagram, where both videos were posted in August 2015. The clips are shorter than those currently spreading on social media, but are recognizably the same. The one currently viral on Facebook was posted on August 25, 2015:

The TikTok video that was recently deleted was shared on Instagram on August 29, 2015:

Russia invaded Ukraine early Thursday morning. 

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Alec Dent is a former culture editor and staff writer for The Dispatch.