Crimea arrest footage shared in false reports of 'US general detained in Ukraine'

Updated on 20/05/2022 at 09:50

Footage of Russian intelligence agents detaining a man has been viewed thousands of times in Facebook posts that claim it shows a top US general being arrested in Ukraine. But the claim is false. AFP traced the video to Russian news reports of an unidentified man being detained in March on suspicion of aiding an "illegal armed group" in Crimea. NATO has repeatedly debunked rumours that Roger Cloutier was arrested in Ukraine, and he has been seen publicly since the posts were shared.