Disinfo: Zelenskyy is going to take away Russian territories

Summary

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to dream about getting Russian territories. With a preference for jokes on political issues, he once again raised the topic of relations with Russia. It turned out that Zelenskyy believes in a great victory over the Kremlin. In an interview with the Canadian newspaper “Globe and Mail”, the guarantor of “nezalezhnoy” [Ukraine] called the relationship with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as confusing and complicated.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative painting Ukraine as an aggressive, Russia-hating, state.

In the interview with the Canadian newspaper “Globe and Mail”, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not say that he plans to take the territories of the Russian Federation. He wants to return Ukrainian territories that are not currently under Kyiv's control.

“This is the most tricky and difficult question. I will tell you frankly, I do not have time to believe, or not to believe, Vladimir Putin. I just have to do my job, in the way I consider correct, to achieve the result. Over this time, we have returned more than 130 people from captivity. I understand that this is not a big victory, but these are the small victories that are sure to lead to a big one. And for us it is the return of all Ukrainians and all our lands [territories of Donbas and the Crimean peninsula]. And that's what I really believe in. And I have time for that," Zelenskyy said.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Anti-Russian, Vladimir Putin

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Disproof

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