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Gun Wielding Woman Soldier In Viral Image Is Not Ukraine Vice President’s Wife

CLAIM

A photograph of a female officer of the Ukrainian army is being shared on social media identifying her to be Ukraine Vice President’s Wife on the battlefront  

Tweet claiming to show Ukraine Vice President's Wife

FACT

To verify the authenticity of the claim, we conducted a keyword search on Google “Ukraine Female Military Officer,” and found the photograph in stock photo-sharing platform Alamy

The photograph was taken on August 22, 2021, in Ukraine at Kiev, and the woman in the photograph is a Ukrainian female soldier who took part in the rehearsal of the military parade to celebrate Ukraine’s 30 years of Independence Day.

Details regarding the woman soldier’s photograph in Alamy

In the information section, it added the caption that says, “Ukrainian smiling female soldier in military uniform on Khreshchatyk street.”

On further verification, we also found that there is no executive role of a vice president in Ukraine. According to a US Dept of state report, ”Ukraine is a republic with a presidential-parliamentary system of government. The constitution provides for a directly elected president, a prime minister who is appointed by the president and confirmed by parliament, and a unicameral parliament (Verkhovna Rada).”

Result: False Context/False 

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Afrose Jahan
Afrose Jahan
Dil Afrose Jahan is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Bangladesh. She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1993 and worked as a freelance investigative journalist for SRF, among other international news media. She writes about human rights, migration, labour rights, human trafficking, crisis and conflict, religious minorities and climate change. Jahan began her career in 2012 with the Daily Shokaler Khabor (Bangla News Daily). She then worked for the television station Deepto TV as well as for the English daily Dhaka Tribune. Afrose is a former Early Childhood Development” fellow International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), IJAsia Fellow of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) digital security scholar.
Afrose Jahan
Afrose Jahan
Dil Afrose Jahan is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Bangladesh. She was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1993 and worked as a freelance investigative journalist for SRF, among other international news media. She writes about human rights, migration, labour rights, human trafficking, crisis and conflict, religious minorities and climate change. Jahan began her career in 2012 with the Daily Shokaler Khabor (Bangla News Daily). She then worked for the television station Deepto TV as well as for the English daily Dhaka Tribune. Afrose is a former Early Childhood Development” fellow International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), IJAsia Fellow of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) digital security scholar.

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