Verified movies expose the horrors of the conflict in Ukraine


A workforce of reporters at The Washington Post has been monitoring and verifying movies of the conflict since Feb. 24. To try this, reporters geolocate the video by cross-referencing distinctive landmarks within the footage with dependable supply materials comparable to satellite tv for pc imagery or Google Earth avenue view. Next, reporters examine when the video was recorded, checking for metadata and time stamps. Other visuals, official statements, eyewitness testimony and spoken audio present context that may assist corroborate movies. Reporters additionally overview the uploader’s account and attempt to discover the unique supply for the video. The supply hyperlinks on this database are the place reporters found the video on-line, however are usually not at all times the unique supply. Weapons and navy tools might be clues as to what transpired; reporters seek the advice of with navy consultants on that. Some movies on this database have been additionally corroborated by information verification teams comparable to Storyful or open-source researchers, however all have been independently confirmed by The Post.

Post reporters additionally display screen for pretend movies by analyzing whether or not there are leap cuts, interrupted audio, or visuals and audio that don’t match. We additionally run a reverse-image search and search for different posts on the identical matter to ensure it’s not an outdated video — even perhaps from a unique battle — that’s recirculating.

Verification takes rigorous reporting, fact-checking and collaboration throughout the newsroom. The Post publishes solely verified movies.


Visual forensics reporting by Sarah Cahlan, Joyce Sohyun Lee, Meg Kelly, Atthar Mirza, Elyse Samuels, Samuel Oakford, Jon Swaine, Razzan Nakhlawi, Jonathan Baran, Joy Sharon Yi, JM Rieger, Jason Aldag, Karly Domb Sadof, Dalton Bennett, Louisa Loveluck, Monica Rodman and Adriana Usero. Design and growth by Shikha Subramaniam, Leo Dominguez, Gabriel Florit, Atthar Mirza, Joe Fox and Jason Bernert. Graphics by Dylan Moriarty. Writing by Elyse Samuels, Ruby Mellen, Samuel Oakford, Sarah Cahlan and Meg Kelly.

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Editing by Matt Callahan, Reem Akkad, Nadine Ajaka and Ann Gerhart. Copy enhancing by Vanessa Larson.