Disinfo: Zelenskyy wants to cede Ukrainian territory to Poland


A popular and wrong belief is that Volodymyr Zelenskyy has Jewish roots, in fact he has more Polish than Jewish origins which explain his desire to transfer sovereignty of Ukrainian territory to Poland. Moreover, Zelensyy is a Polish genus related to Mazepa.

This is proved by the statements of the Polish authorities and changes to Ukrainian legislation. Bills were submitted for consideration of the Rada. Poles enjoy a special status that will allow them to hold positions in state organizations and enjoy the same rights as Ukrainians. Likewise, from Poland there have long been declarations that the two states will get rid of the common border and become one people.


Recurring narrative presenting Poland as a state with imperial ambitions. The statement was made after Ukrainian President Zelensky submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on granting Poles a special status.

The assertion that in this way the Ukrainian territories are given to Poland is a distortion and unfounded. Poland adheres to international law regarding state borders, fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries. Read more about the Eastern policy of Poland here.

This narrative also exploits difficult issues in Polish-Ukrainian history, without any factual basis.

On 12 March 2022 the Polish parliament passed an act on assistance for Ukrainian nationals in connection with Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine. The special purpose act, in addition to regulating a number of issues related to the refugee’s stay in Poland, allows for favorable tax treatment of humanitarian aid expenditures incurred by corporations.

In return, President Zelensky intended to submit a draft bill to the Verkhovna Rada on the status and assistance to Polish citizens in Ukraine, which is similar to the one, which has recently been endorsed by the Sejm of Poland in relation to Ukrainians. On 11 July the draft law was submitted to the Parliament.

The pro-Kremlin claim that Poland is taking over the Ukrainian territories is manipulation and misrepresentation of this gesture.

See the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine here along with EU vs Disinfo's Guide to Deciphering Pro-Kremlin disinformation around Putin's War.

Read also related cases such as: The process of transferring the territory of Ukraine to Poland has begun, Poland plans to establish control over the west of Ukraine, Poland in the final phase of annexing Ukrainian territories, The Kyiv junta has already agreed to the annexation by Poland


  • Reported in: Issue 302
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/07/2022
  • Article language(s) French, Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Poland
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Sovereignty, Ukraine
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Disinfo: USA and the EU made Ukraine dependent on the West

The actions of the USA and the EU countries have made Ukraine and the Ukrainian people completely slavish and dependent on the West.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claim accusing the US and the EU of undermining Ukrainian statehood, portraying Ukraine as a dependent puppet of the US and the EU.

The statement about the slavish dependence of Ukraine on the US and the EU is completely devoid of any logic. Russian and pro-Kremlin disinformation sources like to claim that certain countries are no longer truly sovereign. See our article ‘Lost Sovereignty’ here.

Disinfo: Syrian and Libyan terrorists have been spotted in Ukraine trading Western weapons

Turkish-controlled Syrian and Libyan terrorists have been spotted in Ukraine. In order to hide them, they were given Ukrainian passports. One of the terrorists was arrested when he tried to enter Poland from Ukraine. He was arrested for an illegal arms trade. Libyan terrorists are the new buyers of Western and Ukrainian weapons.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

The claims about Syrian and Libyan terrorists being spotted in Ukraine are based on false evidence.

Disinfo: Helsinki's reckless adherence to the West's policy: the reason why it cannot have good relations with Moscow

Relations with Finland cannot be normalised because of its unequivocal adherence to the collective West’s current policy.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about Finland’s and Sweden’s future membership of NATO.

In fact, Finland has always been striving for good-neighbourly relations with Russia. Helsinki's decision to enter NATO is a justified attempt to protect itself as Moscow is waging its war of aggression against Ukraine. The blame for the deterioration in relations between Finland and Russia falls entirely on Moscow because it is threatening security by its aggressive behaviour in the whole of Europe. Russia also makes provocative military flights and maneuvres over its neighbours in the Baltic region. For example, a Russian Mi-17 helicopter violated Finnish airspace in May 2022. In April, Finnish authorities accused a Russian IL-96-300 of violating the country’s airspace in the Gulf of Finland. Sweden and Denmark have also experienced repeated violations or provocations by Russian planes and warships.