“Believe nothing you hear, and only one half of that you see.” – Edgar Allan Poe.

I know, I know, it sounds a little nuts. More than a little nuts, actually. Truth be told, I felt a little “click-baity” writing the title, but this is a real story that needs to be told.

One of the more persistent rumors about Russia’s seven-month-long war with Ukraine is that it is fake. Look hard enough, and you’ll find conspiracy theorists that say there is no war, that all of what we see on TV is staged and all the money going to Ukraine is ending up in President Zelensky’s private bank account. Rumors like that were bound to happen (after all, there are still people out there who believe the world is flat), and there are small but vocal groups who won’t let the fake war story die.

USA Today recently ran a story discussing the video below when it was posted on Instagram. It’s since been pulled from that social media platform but is alive and well on Twitter and probably Facebook as well. When the video was posted on Instagram, the caption supposedly read, “So far the US has given $40B to the fake war. This is Kyiv, Ukraine yesterday. They’re now asking for another $13B.”