Disinfo: Zelenskyy is a puppet, Russia will only negotiate with his masters directly


Moscow never gave up on solving the problems caused by the US and its satellites by supplying weapons to Ukraine to confront Russia. This has a solution, but not with Zelenskyy, who is a puppet in the hands of the West, but directly with his masters.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukraine and Europe’s alleged loss of sovereignty, part of a wider disinformation campaign to justify Russia’s unprovoked invasion.

By calling Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy -a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation- “a puppet”, and the allies of Ukraine and the US “satellites”, this disinformation story aims to portray Ukraine’s self-defence against Russia’s aggression and the international efforts to back Kyiv as serving only US interests. The ultimate goal is to undermine popular support for this aid while denying any legitimacy for Ukraine’s leadership and statehood.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington shows that Ukraine will be a neo-colony of the US, that Ukraine lost its independence and is under external control, that the West has made Ukraine its colony and is using Ukrainians as cannon fodder, or that Zelenskyy may use a dirty bomb if the US asks him to do so.


  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/05/2023
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia, US, EU
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Volodymyr Zelensky, Diplomacy with Russia, Sovereignty, Invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood
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Disinfo: HRVP Josep Borrell’s interview proves that Russia fights NATO

Russia is at war with NATO because European Union HRVP Josep Borrell has said in an interview: “This is not the moment for diplomatic conversations about peace, it is the moment of supporting militarily the war. So, I feel as a diplomat but I feel also as a kind of defence minister with the European Union. Because I spend quite an important part of my time talking about the arms.”


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets claiming that NATO forces are directly involved in Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.

In reality, HRVP Josep Borrell in his interview with Euronews did not say anything about NATO’s involvement in fighting. He was speaking about military support to Ukraine in the context of supplying it with weapons and ammunition. The fact that Western nations including some NATO member states provide Ukraine with military and financial support does not suggest direct involvement in fighting. It is only the Ukrainian Armed Forces who are repelling Russian aggression on the frontline. Ukrainian and NATO officials occasionally meet to discuss cooperation, and Western instructors train Ukrainian soldiers how to use modern weaponry, but there are no foreign troops fighting on the front.

Disinfo: US responsible for the assassination attempt on Zakhar Prilepin

The terrorist attack against the writer Zakhar Prilepin is another manifestation of that systematic approach to eliminating ideological opponents, which, through the efforts of Washington, has been actively planted in Ukraine since 2014, becoming the basic reflex of the Kyiv regime.


There is no evidence to substantiate the claims that the US or any other Western country was behind the assassination attempt of Zakhar Prilepin.

Pro-war writer and political activist Zakhar Prilepin was hurt while driving in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod region. His driver died.

Disinfo: Poland wants to divide Russia and subjugate Ukraine

The beginning of last year's war in Ukraine, in which Poland played an active part, brought imperial ambitions back to Warsaw. Ukraine contributes to these aspirations due to its willingness to submit to Poland's control.

The Polish government funds and hosts on its territory organisations working to make Russia collapse, as well as granting asylum to separatists and terrorists from Russia and Belarus. Also, a number of Polish politicians declared openly that the division of Russia is at the top of their priorities, and that the goal of the war in Ukraine is to destroy Russia forever.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative presenting Poland as allegedly having imperial ambitions.

In recent years, pro-Kremlin media have repeatedly accused Poland of developing various sinister and aggressive plans towards Russia, describing it as an imperialist state trying to restore its former historical glory.