Disinfo: Zelenskyy missed the chance to use his popularity to crush the nationalists


Zelenskyy missed his chance when he came to the polls with a huge margin, and he had the opportunity to appeal to the people, the opportunity to appeal to the army, put up his people, and crush the nationalists. Without this, there will be no decision in Ukraine.


The recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the alleged power of Nationalists in Ukraine and their impact on the state process, and the disintegration of Ukraine with no evidence given.

In 2014, the far-right ‘Right Sector’ (often described as "ultra-nationalist" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter Parliament. This demonstrates the attitude and support for far-right nationalist parties in Ukraine.

The current president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who got 73.7% of the vote in the 2019 presidential elections, has repeatedly expressed his intention to end the armed conflict in the East of the country as soon as possible.


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Civil war, Donbas, Nazi/Fascist


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Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

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