Disinfo: Zelenskyy is a dependent person who was brought to power by Washington


It was clear that Zelenskyy was a dependent person who was brought to power by Washington. The conflict is necessary and beneficial to the United States, which stuffed Ukraine with weapons, did everything to create the current situation. Zelenskyy does not need peace.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Ukraine, alleging that the country is under external control.

The claim is part of an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a democratically elected leader of Ukraine.

Ukraine is an internationally recognised sovereign state with its own constitution, democratically elected parliament and president. Pro-Kremlin outlets often cast doubt on Ukrainian statehood and claim that Ukraine either does not exist as a state or is going to tumble down very soon.

In reality, present-day Ukraine has been on the world map since 1991 when the Soviet Union disintegrated. It has elected six presidents since then and changed parties in government several times which illustrates political diversity and democratic dynamics even during economic hardship in the wake of Russian aggression in 2014. Ukraine's Western partners have been providing it with financial and technical assistance.

Ukraine is not controlled by the US, EU or any other foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU, with Russia as the noticeable exception.

The Russian aggression and large scale war in Ukraine is the responsibility of Russia, other countries should not be held responsible for it. On 24 February 2022, the High Representative on behalf of the European Union condemned the invasion of Ukraine by armed forces of the Russian Federation:

Russia bears full responsibility for this act of aggression and all the destruction and loss of life it will cause. It will be held accountable for its actions.

See our guide to deciphering pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's war.

See similar disinformation cases in our database: Ukraine fell under external control after the 2014 coup d’etat; Ukraine is under the external control of the US and EU; Zelenskyy is unable to make independent decisions and dances to the tune of the US; Zelenskyy and Tsikhanouskaya are a clown and a kitchen maid selling out their countries; The CIA ordered its puppet Zelenskyy to extend sanctions against Russian social media.


  • Reported in: Issue 274
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: War in Ukraine, Donbas, Genocide, Volodymyr Zelensky, Puppets, Colour revolutions, Ukrainian statehood
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Disinfo: Spiegel's document confirms Russian grievances about NATO expansion

A secret document dating back to talks between senior officials from the United States, the United Kingdom, France and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) in Bonn on 6 March 1991, showed that the West and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "NATO" did not abide by its promises not to expand to the east, even by "one centimetre".

The German newspaper, "Spiegel", said that the secret document, recovered from the British National Archives, provides evidence that Western countries have agreed to reject the membership of Eastern European countries in the alliance, which means that Russia's current grievance about NATO's expansion to the east is justified.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO enlargement into Eastern and Central Europe.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg replied in an interview with Der Spiegel later, that “there has never been such a promise, there has never been such a behind-the-scenes deal, it is simply not true”, adding "the West did not reach any legally binding agreement with the Kremlin that rules out NATO's eastward expansion”.

Disinfo: Neo-Nazis commit genocide in Ukraine, Russia fights them

Nobody intends to attack the Ukrainian people. Russia is talking about preventing the neo-Nazis and those who promote methods of genocide from ruling this country.


A recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In reality, Russian troops are fighting the Ukrainian nation who has set Euro-Atlantic integration as its aim. Kyiv’s future membership of NATO and the EU is enshrined in the Ukrainian Constitution. There are no neo-Nazis in Ukraine’s government. Kyiv does not commit genocide against civilians in Donbas. Russia had long been accusing the Ukrainians of sabotaging the Minsk agreements before it recognised the non-government-controlled territories in Eastern Ukraine on 21 February 2022. This illegal act put an end to these agreements. Ukraine was acting in strict compliance with them ever since they were signed in 2014 and 2015, but now these accords are completely ruined.

Disinfo: The West had been provoking the war in Ukraine for years – Russia had no other choice

The West had been provoking this war for years. Russia faced a choice with no way out. Firstly, if it had not reacted to the Western moves in Ukraine, the West would have trumpeted its victory, speaking about Putin’s weakness and Russia’s declining power. This would have been an incentive for further actions against Russia.

The Russian military operation in Ukraine ends the Western dreams about Ukrainian membership in NATO. However, it does create numerous possibilities for the West to attack Russia. Perhaps, the West has provoked Russia to realise this military intervention.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West, the war in Ukraine and the direct Russian invasion of Ukraine unleashed on February 24.

The claim that the West allegedly provoked the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine is one of the key messages of Putin’s propaganda. It was Putin’s personal decision to invade Ukraine and start the largest military conflict in Europe since WWII.