‘Investigation launched’ after news station includes clip of ‘Star Wars’ in war footage

On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops officially invaded neighboring Ukraine, a sovereign nation under the leadership of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Credit: ABC via Ukrainian Presidential Press

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In recent days, President Zelensky and the people of Ukraine have been hailed as heroes of the free world for their passionate defense of their nation. While the major city of Kherson has fallen under Russian occupation, Ukrainian troops and civil resistance still hold the capital of Kyiv at the time of publication.

Today, President Zelensky spoke harshly about the decision of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries not to close the airspace over Ukraine. The Kyiv Independent reported:

Zelensky condemns NATO’s decision not to close the skies over Ukraine.

“Today, the leadership of the alliance gave the green light to the continued bombardment of Ukrainian towns and villages, refusing to establish a no-fly zone (over Ukraine),” said Zelensky during his recent speech.

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The war between Russia and Ukraine has of course become world news since the start of the invasion. Recently, an Israeli news network came under fire for apparently inserting a viral message star wars clip in a montage of war footage.

By a report regarding the situation, an “investigation has been opened”.

Dr. Eli David was among the first to spot the glaring mistake on Twitter:

Israel’s Channel 13 reports on the war in Ukraine, showing the footage below

Just a small problem: the images are from the Star Wars movie!

Trust the media.

He also posted the original images in the thread.

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The scene in question was originally part of a viral video that ironically mixed popular Russian-style dash cam videos with the star wars franchise. By a CNET Story about the original video, which was broadcast on a German SKY TV network:

Normally, when a dashcam video starts with footage on a snowy highway, you’d expect to see a truck sliding dramatically down the road or a motorcycle with a stunt rider flipping out of the seat and sticking a roof landing of the car in front.

This time we follow as our vantage point vehicle approaches a warning sign in the road, passes a piece of flaming debris, then slides by a downed TIE Fighter with a few bored Stormtroopers waiting for a tow. The whole thing only lasts 10 seconds, but it’s a long time in terms of fun.

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The aforementioned article noted that “an editor at the company responsible for the incident has would have has been suspended until the end of the investigation, although it is unclear how Channel 13 acquired the video, which was originally posted eight years ago.

At present, no official statement has been released by the news network. However, the incident shows how important it is to fact-check all Russian-Ukrainian images released by any source.

Learn more about TIE fighters

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The official star wars data bank describes TIE fighters as:

The TIE fighter was the unforgettable symbol of the Imperial fleet. Carried aboard Star Destroyers and Battle Stations, TIE fighters were single-pilot vehicles designed for fast dogfights with Rebel X-wings and other starfighters. The iconic TIE fighter led to other designs in the TIE family, including the dagger-shaped TIE interceptor and the explosive-laden TIE bomber. The terrifying roar of a TIE’s engines would strike fear into the hearts of all enemies of the Empire.

Learn more about Stormtroopers

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The official star wars data bank describes stormtroopers as:

Stormtroopers are elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to deflect from the Imperial cause. They wear heavy white armor, which offers a wide range of survival gear and temperature controls to allow soldiers to survive in almost any environment. Stormtroopers wield blaster rifles and pistols with great skill and attack in hordes to overwhelm their enemies. Besides the standard stormtroopers, the Empire organized several specialized units, including snowtroopers and scouts.

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