Disinfo: The West is blackmailing Zelenskyy

Summary

British intelligence has invited the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy to show him compromising evidence they have and remind him he needs to obey the orders of the West.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the West.

There is no evidence of such claims.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy paid an official visit to the United Kingdom. During the visit, he signed the Agreement on Political Cooperation, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the UK.

"The UK supports President Zelenskyy’s efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine and is focussing diplomatic efforts on assisting the Ukrainian government with peace-building and recovery, alongside longstanding support for economic and governance reform and anti-corruption initiatives," the UK government officially stated.

You can read similar cases claiming that in exchange for IMF loans, Kyiv will carry out the genocide of Ukrainians, that Ukrainians will be turned into the cheap labour force, and that Ukraine spends half of its budget to pay debts.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, West, Puppets, Sovereignty

Disclaimer

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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