An image of a woman in military gear wielding a gun is being circulated on social media platforms with the claim that amidst the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict, the wife of the Vice President of Ukraine is fighting for her motherland.
Facto News found that the claim is misleading, the woman is indeed a Ukrainian soldier but she is not the wife of any Vice President.
A Twitter user, Aarav Gautam, shared the image with the caption that reads: “This is the wife of the Vice President of Ukraine. She is fighting for her Motherland. Massive Respect! 🙌🇺🇦❤ #UkraineWar #StandWithUkraine”
The image along with the misleading claim is viral on Twitter, posts by several users can be accessed here.
The image is also viral on Facebook, a page by the name, One Khabar, shared the woman’s image along with the same misleading claim.
On searching news reports about the wife of the Vice President fighting the war, we found there is no executive post of Vice President in Ukraine.
According to a U.S Dept of State document, “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).”
To get into the details of the viral photo, we conducted a reverse image search on Google which directed us to the website of Alamy, a stock photography agency. Though the website has not mentioned the name of the woman but has described her as a Ukrainian female soldier.
According to the website, the image is from a rehearsal of the military parade on the occasion of 30 years of Independence Day of Ukraine.
With the above findings, it is evident that the claim along with the viral image is misleading.