False posts claim 'Russian and Indonesian missiles destroyed Darwin, Australia'

Updated on 17/01/2023 at 04:56

Video posts with tens of thousands of views on YouTube and Facebook falsely claim that "Indonesian and Russian missiles have destroyed the northern Australian city of Darwin". There is no evidence this incident ever happened and AFP has previously debunked similar misinformation about a purported armed conflict involving Indonesia and Australia. The video featured in the false posts shows unrelated clips that have circulated in reports about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a fire in the Russian capital Moscow and a military exercise in Lithuania.