Yeah, Russia Probably Forged A Weapons Cache Supposedly From The US Using A Video Game To Model The Weapons
from the fake-it-til-you-make-it dept
Video games are starting to get realistic. Like, crazy realistic. Between what graphics look like on the latest hardware to the unbelievable committment to authenticity many of the latest games have, it’s starting to get hard to tell game footage apart from video footage. So hard, in fact, that it appears the pro-Russian groups had an “oopsie!” moment while trying to accuse America of arming Ukrainian rebels with Stinger missiles.
A video from Ukrainian pro-Russian separatists…shows the rebels storming an underground compound and dusting off a wooden case with a “US army” inscription, where a the MANPADS Stinger 92 surface-to-air missile is stored.
Here’s a screenshot from the video, showing the Stinger missile in question.
Notice anything strange? Unless you’re familiar with American military equipment, you might have missed the lettering at the bottom of the device that reads “TRACKING RAINER.” You probably also aren’t aware that the actual American Stinger missiles have that same lettering, except that it’s supposed to read “TRACKING TRAINER” instead.
The most significant mistake is found in the inscription on the Stinger weapon itself, which reads “tracking rainer” instead of “tracking trainer”. Video games blogger Anton Logvinov noted on his website that the same typo occurs in the EA first-person shooter game Battlefield 3, leading him to believe that the Stinger ‘discovered’ in Lugansk is likely fake.
Russian propaganda: so good it very nearly fooled a video game blogger! We will, as always, welcome our friends from the Putin internet propaganda brigade in our comments section.