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Disclosure How the Russian propaganda discredits Olena Zelenska

Specialists of the Center for Counteracting Disinformation under the National security and defense council have published a report on the Russian disinformation campaign aimed at the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska. They analyzed the foreign and Russian segments of social networks and came to the conclusion that disinformation was spread from Russia. Some fakes originated in the Russian segment of social networks, and then they were picked up by an international audience.

In general, experts identified in the report three fakes directed against Olena Zelenska and their further distribution in social networks:

Allegedly, the first lady spent 40 thousand euros on shopping in Paris. The authors of the reports referred in their publications to the material of the French edition of La Dépêche, although this was not discussed in the material;

On the misuse of funds for the Olena Zelenska Foundation. The authors claimed that Poland was providing financial assistance to Ukraine, and the first lady was embezzling public funds. Analysts denied this information, because, as they explain, Poland does not provide a fixed amount of assistance;

About humanitarian aid, which was given to Ukrainians allegedly in bundles from Louis Vuitton Paris. The authors claimed that after a successful shopping trip, Olena Zelenska was handing over “the cheapest packaged pasta from a global brand” to those in need. Analysts denied this information, because the video was first published in the Russian segment of social networks.

Specialists of the Center for Counteracting Disinformation are convinced that such a disinformation campaign is designed to discredit Olena Zelenska, and at the same time deprive Ukraine of international assistance. In addition, they also published a report on Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

We recall that earlier Detector Media also refuted the fake, which claimed that the first lady of Ukraine spends tens of thousands of euros on accessories.

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