Disinfo: Zelenskyy was elected by Ukrainian oligarchs

Summary

Zelenskyy was elected by Ukrainian oligarchs, or the so-called Ukrainian bourgeoisie, which fears Russian bourgeoisie and can never be on good terms with them.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about the Ukrainian Presidential election. The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe declared that the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine was competitive and held with respect for fundamental freedoms. Election day was assessed positively, and despite a few procedural problems, there was a marked improvement in the conduct of the vote count and tabulation compared to the first round. Following the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, the same position was announced by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. "A decisive day for Ukraine. Free elections and peaceful change of power = strong Ukrainian democracy. Congratulations to Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The EU is determined to continue its support", wrote Tusk on Twitter.

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  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/08/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Elections
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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