Disinfo: The President of Ukraine lacks genetic link to the Ukrainian nation


The current state of the Ukrainian state has been the laughingstock of the entire Europe and the tragedy for people living in this territory. Recently, the Kiev government has released a new batch of nationalistic fairy tales. “The desire for independence is embedded in our [Ukrainian] genetic code,” the Ukrainian President noted.

It would be interesting to know what kind of ‘genetic links’ to the Ukrainian nation does the ethnically Jewish president have?



This is an ad-hominem and anti-semitic attack on Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Anti-Semitism is a recurring theme in pro-Kremlin disinformation efforts. More cases illustrating this use are available here and here. For similar cases attacking and seeking to discredit Zelenskyy, see here.

Furthermore, the article also contains a recurring Kremlin-backed narrative questioning Ukraine's sovereignty and its standing in the system of international relations. It attempts to portray Ukraine as a failed state, which is a popular trope in pro-Kremlin disinformation, without providing any evidence to support its claims.



  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Semitism, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, United States of Europe, Ukrainian disintegration, Ukrainian statehood


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Famine in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was not a genocide of the population

The Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932-1933 was not an act of genocide – it has long been a well-known fact.



This is the Kremlin’s repeated narrative that the Soviet regime did not destroy ethnic Ukrainians in the period 1932-1933. The Holodomor was Joseph Stalin's conscious policy towards Ukrainian peasants. The Soviet regime created an artificial famine in Soviet Ukraine, which affected parts of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia. The Stalinist regime used the confiscation of food as a weapon of mass destruction - food was forcibly taken from farmers.

It is estimated that the famine of 1932-1933 claimed the lives of 7 to 10 million citizens of the Soviet Union. In 1933, mortality in Ukraine became catastrophic, 28,000 people died every day, 1168 people every hour, 20 Ukrainians every minute.

Denmark cannot say no to the US if Washington wants to have Greenland

If Trump can make or force the deal, taking Greenland would be a massive win for the future of America. Even if Denmark protests, (which they are) it is very hard to say “no” to the United States in the long term and very bad for your health.The Danes could be easily made to suffer for not giving up their very large future US Air Force Base for some nice beads and a few empty promises.


A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on US dictating actions of sovereign states. Pro-Kremlin outlets often allege that different countries, US' transatlantic allies in this case, are US vassals and remain under the American thumb. See earlier examples Poland is US's vassal stateEurope is occupied by the US and has limited sovereigntythe EU is directed by WashingtonGermany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe.

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Poland seeks to increase its influence in Eastern Europe through the myth of Russian aggression

The Polish government insists on relocating an additional contingent of US troops to its territory because of the desire to strengthen its influence in Eastern Europe through the myth of Russian military aggression.


This narrative began to appear in the Russian media in June when the Presidents of Poland and the United States signed the Joint Declaration on Defence Cooperation. Poland stressed that the presence of American troops in the country plays an important deterrent role against Russian aggression. It is act precisely about increasing the defensive ability of Poland and the country's ability to repel any territorial encroachments by Russia. Poland has no ambition to increase its influence on any territory of Europe - whearas it is well documented that Russia captured the Ukrainian Crimea and occupied part of the Donbas.

The main defence forces of NATO will still remain in Germany: even after this deployment of the US military; in Poland the number of deployed troops will be much less than the 35,000 soldiers deployed now in Germany. It was also reported that the decision to increase the military presence of the allies in Poland and the Baltic countries was taken at the NATO summit in Warsaw three years ago, in response to Russia's seizure of Ukrainian territories. So this is not Poland’s sole decision, but the policy of the entire Alliance.