On Tuesday, the Washington Free Beacon ran a story that unveiled "exclusive" photos of victims of militia bombs and Russian armed vehicles seemingly rolling into Ukraine.
Inhofe's spokeswoman Donelle Harder was cited as saying they had checked back with their sources – none of them high-level Ukrainian officials – before releasing the photos. She said they had been quite confident about their authenticity since the imagery allegedly matched reports about the Ukraine conflict.
more images from Sen. Inhofe's intelligence on Russia pic.twitter.com/1cnFKumj0n— fight apathy or dont (@rowast) 12 февраля 2015
But speaking to The Mirror on Thursday, Sen. Inhofe confessed he was "furious" to learn that at least one of the photos was taken by Associated Press during Russia's military operation in Georgia back in 2008. Several other images are readily available elsewhere online and can be found using a Google Images search.
Among the Ukrainian delegation was Semen Semenchenko, the commander of the "Donbas" volunteer battalion and a newly elected member of the Verkhovna Rada. Earlier, he was known as Konstantin Grishin and was reportedly suspected of fraud in Crimea.
This could end Semen Semenchenko's career RT @RosieGray here are the people who gave fake photos to Inhofe’s office pic.twitter.com/ddON6vyjCW— Tom Gara (@tomgara) 13 февраля 2015
However, the congressman claimed this did not change the fact that he had plenty of evidence that Russian troops were involved in fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Sen. Inhofe is the author of a bill that would authorize US President Barack Obama to arm Ukrainian troops with lethal military aid. On Monday, President Obama said he did not rule out sending weapons to Ukraine.
Russia has been accused of sending troops and weapons to self-defense forces in Ukraine's southeast, a claim that has never been proved.
Breaking news! #Inhofe releases new photos of Russian tanks invading Ukraine! #InhofePhotos pic.twitter.com/a15AlrJx20— Kremlin Hotline (@KremlinHotline) 13 февраля 2015