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Manipulation In the video message of Volodymyr Zelenskyi, the chevron of the SS Galicia division was noticed

Anonymous telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric distributed a screenshot of Zelenskyi’s video message, which allegedly shows the chevron of the Nazi 14th Waffen-SS division “Galicia” in the form of a lion with three crowns. Russian propaganda allegedly noticed it on a board with military chevrons behind the back of the President of Ukraine. This is manipulation.

The fact-checkers of the VoxCheck project drew attention to the case. A board with military chevrons really hangs behind Volodymyr Zelenskyi's back. However, the chevron that Russian propagandists passed off as the emblem of the SS division “Galicia” actually belongs to the 1st separate tank Siversk brigade, and it depicts a horse in armor. For the fake, Russian propaganda used a video message from the President dated June 20.

Russian propagandists are systematically spreading the narrative that Ukrainians, and President Zelenskyi in particular, are Nazis. Russian propaganda transfers responsibility for Russia's crimes from the aggressor to the victim of aggression. Earlier, Detector Media denied fakes that Zelenskyi wore a sweater with Nazi symbols to a meeting with the Pope, and Valerii Zaluzhnyi allegedly has a “bracelet with a swastika”.

Fake A cover with Zelenskyi and the deceased passenger of the Titan submarine was published by Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper

Anonymous telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric are circulating the alleged cover of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a caricature of Zelenskyi. In the image, the President of Ukraine is holding the deceased passenger of the Titan submarine so that he would transfer money to help Ukraine. It's fake.

The fact-checkers of the Center for Countering Disinformation drew attention to the case. They determined that no such cover exists. The latest issue is number 1613 and it came out on June 21, while the fake cover is numbered 1614 and dated June 23.

Thus, Russian propagandists are trying to discredit Western partners and convince Ukrainians that Zelenskyi is neglected in the West. To do this, Russian propaganda uses the tactic of ridicule. Earlier, Detector Media refuted the fake that the German magazine Handelsblatt depicted a destroyed Leopard tank on its cover.

Fake On its cover, the German magazine Handelsblatt depicted a destroyed Leopard tank

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. The German magazine Handelsblatt recently published a cover featuring a destroyed Leopard tank, reports say. The cover itself has a title: “This is not a counteroffensive - this is a bloody crash test”. Allegedly, they are hinting at the failed counteroffensive of Ukraine. It is not true.

Specialists from the Center for Counteracting Disinformation under the National Security and Defense Council investigated this case and found out that such a cover does not exist. The fact-checkers explained that they did not find a magazine with such a cover on the official website of the publication. The latest issue of the magazine has a completely different design.

Thus propagandists seek to show that their rhetoric is also being repeated in the West. So readers get the impression that the whole world is laughing at Ukraine.

Fake The humorous magazine Humor Times dedicated the cover to Zelenskyi with a call to “kill and get rid of him”

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Reports say an American humor magazine recently ran a cover featuring Zelenskyi lying on the hood of a car in motion. The cover itself has the caption: “before the future, one needs to get rid of something now”. Allegedly, they hint at the death of Volodymyr Zelenskyi. It is not true.

Specialists of the Center for Countering Disinformation investigated this case and found that such a cover does not exist. The fact-checkers explained that the last available issue of the magazine is 374 while the fake cover is already 375. There is no information on the official website about the 375 issue of the magazine, since it has not yet been released.

Thus, propagandists seek to show that their rhetoric (for example, that Zelenskyi should be eliminated) is also repeated in the West. So readers may get the impression that the whole world is opposed to Ukraine.

Fake First lady Olena Zelenska received an Israeli passport

Russian media and anonymous telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric circulate a photo of Olena Zelenska’s Israeli passport and write that the first lady received it during her last visit to this country. It's fake.

The fact-checkers of the VoxCheck project drew attention to the case. This document has been edited with a photo editor. On the passport allegedly of Olena Zelenska, the date of issue is indicated as 19.06.2023, and the date of expiry is 18.06.2023. It is impossible to issue a passport after its expiration date.

Also, experts found in open sources a template for an Israeli passport. Probably, the Russian propaganda used this particular template, and took the photo of Olena Zelenska  from the official telegram channel.

Thus, Russian propagandists are trying to discredit Olena Zelenska, cause neglect among Ukrainians and Western partners, and deprive international support. Detector Media denied the fake that photos of Olena Zelenska's vacation on a nudist beach in Israel appeared.

Fake German humour magazine published a cover with the bodies of fallen Ukrainian soldiers

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Reports say a German humour magazine recently published a cover featuring fallen Ukrainian soldiers spelling out the phrase “counteroffensive”. The authors add that the whole world is mocking Zelenskyi's plans for a counteroffensive. It is not true. 

Specialists of the Center for Countering Disinformation investigated this case and found out that such a cover does not exist. The fact-checkers explained that the latest available issue of the magazine was the sixth while on the fake cover one could see the seventh. There is no information on the official website about the seventh issue of the magazine, since it has not yet been released. 

Thus, propagandists seek to show that their rhetoric (for example, that Ukraine will fail the counteroffensive) is also being repeated in the West. So, readers may think that the public is really dissatisfied with Ukraine.

Fake Polish politicians “flaunted” the Russian flag in the Vatican

Such information was disseminated in the Polish segment of social networks. Reports say that Polish politicians visited the Vatican during the funeral of former Pope Benedict XVI and members of the delegation took a photo with the Russian flag. Like, they “flaunted” it and thus expressed their commitment to Russia. The authors add to the publications a photograph where the delegation allegedly holds the flag of Russia. It is not true. 

The Polish fact-checkers of the Demagog project investigated this case and found out that the photo was simply edited using Photoshop. In fact, in the original photo, the politicians were holding the Polish flag, not the Russian one. Fact-checkers found the original photo by a reverse Google search. The photo was published by one of the members of the Polish delegation on his Twitter. 

By spreading this fake, the propagandists, first of all, sought to undermine the confidence of the Poles in their high-ranking officials, who, they say, express the “favor” of Russia in an international format. Also, in this way, Ukrainians can despair of the actions of Ukraine's brother country. Allegedly, on the one hand, they help the Ukrainians, on the other hand, they wear the Russian flag during international events.

Manipulation Ukrainian military disguise tanks as houses

Users of social networks, in particular the American segment of Instagram, spread a video showing a house driving across a field, and added the inscription: “Ukrainian tank uses the house as camouflage”. The author of the publication believes that the video allegedly shows military equipment disguised as a Ukrainian house. This is manipulation.

The case was investigated by the fact-checkers of the PolitiFact project. They determined that there was no Ukrainian tank disguised as a house in the video. In fact, this is a car, namely the Zaporozhets, which, back in 2020, a family from near Dnipro turned into a “mobile home”. Craftsmen decorated it with Petrykivka painting, and placed icons and embroidered towels inside. A reverse search also showed that the video, dated 2020, was filmed by TV Channel 34. The Instagram post was labeled as the “False Information” one. 

The Ukrainian military does not disguise military equipment as houses. Earlier, Detector Media explained the manipulation that Mexican cartels allegedly receive weapons provided to Ukraine as military aid.

Fake In the UK, they recruited “mercenaries” before the Ukrainian counteroffensive

Kremlin propaganda media, anonymous telegram channels and users of the Russian segment of Twitter spread information that the UK is allegedly recruiting “mercenaries” for the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south and east of Ukraine. Proof of this is the announcement of the EU Citizenship Program on the Adzuna job site. Russian propaganda refers to the publication of the British edition of The Times. It's fake.

The fact-checker of the Stop Fake project drew attention to the case. The UK did not recruit “mercenaries” to Ukraine because of the Adzuna website. What's more, Adzuna chief executive Doug Munro told The Times that the ad was created for the purpose of propaganda and that his site was “a victim of Russian disinformation about the war”. After the message began to circulate among the military, The Sunday Times contacted Adzuna. And the company immediately froze the advertisement and contacted the police. Doug Munro believes that this provocation was created by “Russia or pro-Russian fans”.

Russian propaganda systematically spreads fakes and manipulations by so-called foreign mercenaries in Ukraine. Thus, Russian propagandists seek to create the appearance that Russia is actually at war not with Ukraine, but with the so-called collective West. Earlier, Detector Media talked about the message that the West allegedly does not allow the Ukrainian military to use its equipment, because “foreign mercenaries” are doing this.

Fake Successful counteroffensive in their pants, the German edition of Titanic published a cover with such inscription

Such information was disseminated in telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. The cover of a German satirical magazine allegedly depicts Zelenskyi with the inscription “Successful counteroffensive in their pants”, and the propagandists themselves distribute the publication: “Betrayal or what, ladies and gentlemen”. It's fake.

Specialists of the Center for Countering Disinformation investigated this case and found that such a cover of the Titanic edition with Volodymyr Zelenskyi does not exist. Fact-checkers checked the magazine by serial number and found the real cover of the issue. Russian propagandists systematically create detailed covers for foreign publications.

By spreading such fakes, Russian propaganda is trying to discredit the Ukrainian authorities and split the society, and also seeks to convince it that the West repeats the rhetoric of the Russians and laughs at the Ukrainians. Earlier, Detector Media denied a fake about the cover of the German edition of Eulenspiegel with the inscription “Ukraine is raising money for suicide”.

Fake Greta Thunberg drew a poster calling for Putin to stop killing leopards

On the Russian forum, in the Georgian segment of Facebook and media spreading pro-Kremlin rhetoric, on June 9 and 10, they posted a photo with eco-activist Greta Thunberg holding a poster with the inscription: “Putin! Stop killing leopards!”. It's fake.

The fact-checkers of the Myth Detector project drew attention to the case. Greta Thunberg's photos were processed using the program. In fact, she was holding a piece of paper with the words “Let Russia strike for climate”, namely the photo she posted on May 14, 2019 on Twitter, in an attempt to urge Russia to join the protests against the climate crisis.

By spreading this fake, propagandists are trying to discredit environmental activist Greta Thunberg and distort reality to show that Ukraine will allegedly lose. They say that even powerful equipment does not help to defeat Russia, so it remains only to persuade them not to touch the Ukrainians. Earlier, Detector Media explained the message that Western technology is supposedly poor and unsuitable for use in Ukraine.

Fake Ukrainian operators sent “Welcome to Russia” SMS messages

Propagandists on anonymous telegram channels with pro-Russian rhetoric are spreading images in which the Ukrainian telecom operators Kyivstar and Vodafone allegedly sent an SMS message with the following text in Russian: “Welcome to Russia, one of the hospitable countries in the world. Enjoy your vacation, and we will take care of the connection”. Allegedly, such messages were received due to the mass shutdown of mobile communications. It's fake.

Specialists in the VoxCheck project drew attention to it. They contacted the mentioned mobile operators, who replied that no such messages were sent and that there were no failures that could lead to such (for example, hacker attacks). In addition, Kyivstar noted that the messages on the images contain errors and traces of editing. For example, all lines have different distances, and the propagandists wrote the word “today” as “tday”. The company also reminded that it adds the date, year and exact time of sending the message at the end.

Thus, propagandists want to cause panic among Ukrainians. They take advantage of the fact that such messages come while staying in another country and want to make the population believe that Russia allegedly occupied certain territories. However, such fakes are easy to disprove due to their errors.

Fake The Spanish magazine El jueves published a cover in which the Ukrainian military refuses to counteroffensive

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Reports say that a Spanish satirical magazine recently published the cover of their magazine titled “What counteroffensive? We have the previous one to eat up and up!”. The cover itself shows a skeleton with ammunition, supposedly symbolizing the Ukrainian military. The authors add that the whole world is mocking Zelenskyi's plans for a counteroffensive. It is not true. 

Specialists of the Center for Countering Disinformation investigated this case and found out that such a cover does not exist. The last issue was released on May 3 under the number 2387, at the same time on the edited cover the number 2388 is indicated. We have repeatedly debunked fakes related to fake covers on foreign magazines/newspapers. 

Thus, propagandists seek to show that their rhetoric (for example, that Ukraine will fail the counteroffensive) is also being repeated in the West. So, readers may think that the public is really dissatisfied with Ukraine, especially when the authors use fake covers of humorous magazines, hinting that people are laughing at the situation in Ukraine and that the Ukrainian agenda for Europe is a reason to laugh.

Fake Photos of Olena Zelenska's vacation on a nudist beach in Israel appeared

Anonymous telegram channels, the Russian segment of Facebook and media with  pro-Kremlin rhetoric spread a photo allegedly with Olena Zelenska. The first lady seemed to be relaxing on a nudist beach in Israel, while Volodymyr Zelenskyi “begged for weapons in Europe”. The photo was allegedly taken on April 25, 2023. It's fake. 

The case was investigated by the fact-checkers of the Myth Detector project. The photograph circulated by Russian propagandists does not show Olena Zelenska, but Russian TV presenter Olena Lenina. In October 2022, this photo already appeared on Facebook. Then this statement was refuted by the fact-checkers of the French agency AFP and determined that the photo depicts the Russian woman Lenina. Moreover, on April 26, 2023, Olena Zelenska took part in the ceremony of friendship between the British and Ukrainian libraries, along with King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla. And on April 27, she spoke during a live broadcast from Kyiv at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where she spoke about Ukrainian children forcibly taken to Russia. 

By systematically spreading fakes about Olena Zelenska, Russian propaganda is trying to discredit her in the eyes of Ukrainians and Western partners and deprive her of international support. Earlier, Detector Media told how Russian propagandists discredit Olena Zelenska.

Manipulation The Eiffel Tower was illuminated with the colors of Belarus and Russia flags

On June 4, 2023, the Georgian segment of Facebook disseminates information that the Eiffel Tower in France was illuminated with the colors of the Russian and Belarusian flags for 2 nights in a row. The message contains 2 photographs: on one the tower is highlighted in white, blue and red, and on the other - in green and red. This is manipulation. 

The fact-checkers of the Myth Detector project drew attention to the case. They determined that the photo of the Eiffel Tower in red and green colors was taken in 2016, and the colors themselves symbolize the flag of Portugal, not Belarus. During the UEFA European Champions League final, telecommunications company Orange launched a campaign in which it illuminated the Eiffel Tower in the colors of the participating countries that would get the most engagement on social media. Although Russia was one of the 24 participating teams, there is not a single mention in the media that the tower was illuminated in the colors of the flag of this country. As for the Russian flag, the fact-checkers found a photo of the tower in a Russian blog highlighted in red, white and blue, probably edited.

After all, along with the photo in the article, they called for special hashtags to be put on social networks so that the Eiffel Tower would be illuminated in the colors of the Russian flag. In June 2023, the Eiffel Tower was not highlighted in the color of any country - one can check this on social networks. As for the colors of the flags of other countries, the last time the Eiffel Tower was illuminated with the colors of the Ukrainian flag was on February 23, 2023, a year after the start of the Ukrainian-Russian war. By spreading such fakes, Russian propagandists are trying to discredit the West, sow discouragement among Ukrainian society and show that the support of international partners has allegedly weakened. Earlier, Detector Media talked about the manipulation that the West would stop supporting Ukraine if it failed the counteroffensive.

Fake The German edition of Eulenspiegel published a cover titled Ukraine Raises Money For Suicide

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Reports say that recently the German publication Eulenspiegel published the cover of its magazine called Ukraine continues to collect money from everywhere for its suicide. It is not true.

Specialists of the Center for Countering Disinformation investigated this case and found that such a cover does not exist. Instead, with the specified barcode on the fake cover, one can find a real one: it has a different image and inscription on it. This fact was checked by the fact-checkers on the official website of the German magazine.

We have repeatedly refuted fakes related to fake covers on magazines / newspapers of foreign production. In fact, in this way propagandists seek to show that their rhetoric (for example, that Ukraine is groaning for money) is also repeated in Europe. So, readers may get the impression that the public is really dissatisfied with Ukraine. And especially when the authors use fake covers of humorous magazines, hinting that people are making fun of the situation in Ukraine and that the Ukrainian agenda for Europe is a reason to laugh.

Fake Marilyn Manson published a new version of the cover of his album with “Zelenskyi - antichrist”

Propagandists in anonymous telegram channels with Russian rhetoric are spreading information that Marilyn Manson has allegedly published a new version of the cover of his album Antichrist superstar on his Instagram stories. It has the word superstar crossed out, a blurry trident in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi with red eyes. Manson allegedly released the cover, along with lines from the song: “I don't like drugs. But drugs love me”. It's fake. 

Analysts of the VoxCheck project drew attention to it. They looked through the official accounts of the performer and did not find such a publication, as well as other publications of an anti-Ukrainian nature. In addition, they did not find any material from Ukrainian or foreign media on this matter. The original version of the 1996 album Antichrist superstar features Marilyn Manson himself.

By writing such stories, propagandists want to personally discredit the President of Ukraine and make the population doubt his actions. Allegedly, he continues to wage war, because he is constantly under drugs, and therefore it is necessary to surrender to Russia. However, in this way, Russia also wants to divert attention from its crimes, playing with religious sentiment.

Fake On the cover, the French edition of Courrier International published a caricature of Zaluzhnyi

Screenshots of the alleged cover of the magazine with the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi are distributed in the Russian segment of Facebook, telegram channels and Russian media broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. In the caricature, Zaluzhnyi and the Ukrainian soldiers are sitting in a boat and sailing along the Styx River - the river, according to mythology, is a transition to the other world. This cartoon is fake.

Myth Detector specialists drew attention to the case. There was no such cover in any May issue of Courrier International, including the special issue. On May 25, a cover was published with serial number 1699, which does not include Zaluzhnyi. This is the last issue of the magazine to date. However, Russian propaganda published a detailed cover on the edition numbered 1700. Also, Courrier International's website does not have this cartoon in the specials section.

Thus, propagandists are trying to show that the West is allegedly tired of the war and really supports Russia, while in Ukraine they do not value human lives. Earlier, Detector Media debunked such reports, in particular, the “cover” of The New European with a caricature of Zelenskyi.

Fake Zelenskyi is a “naked clown”, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine official Twitter account wrote

Pro-Russian users of social networks on Facebook and Twitter are spreading a screenshot allegedly from the official Twitter account of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. In a tweet published on December 22, 2018, before the presidential elections in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense allegedly calls Volodymyr Zelenskyi a “naked clown” and an “American puppet”  and urges not to vote for “this piece of shit” because he will “destroy our country with the help of NATO”. It's fake.

The fact-checkers of the Reuters media drew attention to the case. This tweet was not found in a Twitter search on a verified account of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and Google. Also, searching for news by keywords in English and Ukrainian in Google did not bring any results. Also, Reuters specialists did not find this tweet in the archived versions of the confirmed Ministry of Defense Twitter profile.

Fact-checkers found out that the screenshot was edited. After all, photos posted on Twitter have rounded edges. However, in the screenshot they are square.

Thus, Russian propaganda is trying to discredit the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, humiliate Volodymyr Zelenskyi and show that even representatives of the Ukrainian authorities allegedly do not respect him.

Earlier, Detector Media talked about the message that Zelenskyi allegedly sold Ukraine to a Western fund.

Fake The news about the Ukrainian military was illustrated by the image of pigs in trucks

Anonymous telegram channels broadcasting Kremlin rhetoric have circulated an article by Russian media citing CNN about US plans to expand military training from Ukraine. Russian propaganda writes that the article used an image of a truck with pigs. It's fake.

The fact-checkers of the VoxCheck project drew attention to the case. They note that neither the Russian media nor CNN have published images of the pigs in the truck. This was verified using the Internet Archive tool.

Also, the CNN article does say that US President Biden's administration is considering training 2,500 Ukrainian troops at a US base in Germany. However, a different photo was used in the news. The results of checking with the Internet Archive showed that the CNN publication did not include a photo of pigs in a truck.

Thus, Russian propaganda wants to sow doubts about the sincerity of the support of the Americans and show that they despise the Ukrainians. Earlier, Detector Media denied the fake that the Ukrainian military allegedly massively complains about equipment supplied by the United States.

Fake On the building of the Bundestag, they installed the “red flag of Victory”

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Reports say that before May 9, a “red flag of Victory” was placed on the building of the Bundestag. The authors of the messages add photos and videos, as if the Soviet flag with a hammer and sickle flutters over the parliament building. It is not true.

The fact-checkers of the StopFake project drew attention to the case, and found out that not a single flag was set over the Bundestag, even without authorization. The Soviet flag was not on the parliament building. This was confirmed by the representatives of the administration of the German parliament in their comments to the news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur. Fact-checkers are convinced that the videos are edited and the photos are edited using Photoshop. This is indicated by various inaccuracies that the fact-checkers recorded. For example, in the video, the Soviet flag and the German flag are flying in different directions, although they are “placed” relatively close to each other. Moreover, such photos can only be found in the Russian segment of social networks.

By spreading such fakes, Russia once again seeks to show its greatness to the “Nazi West” since the message about the “red flag of Victory over the Reichstag” is an allusion to the image of a Soviet soldier raising the Soviet flag to the Reichstag in Berlin a few days before the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

Fake In Ukraine, they sell a candle “House of Trade Unions” with the aroma of “marshmallow on fire”

Anonymous telegram channels spreading pro-Russian rhetoric posted a photo of a candle called “House of Trade Unions” with the scent of "marshmallow on a fire”, allegedly sold in Ukrainian online stores. It's fake.

The fact-checkers of the VoxCheck project drew attention to the case. They used the Internet image search engine TinEye to find a photo of a candle called “House of Trade Unions”. A similar image was found on the Rawpixel photo stock. Both the distributed and the original photo have the inscriptions “Soy wax candke” and 8.7 FL./OZ, the same highlights, the shape and color of the jar and lid. However, experts note that the photo distributed by the propagandists was edited.

Also, experts did not find a single mention in Google of the sale or manufacture of candles “House of Trade Unions”. There are other candles on sale with a photo that was distributed by propagandists, with the inscriptions “World without Russia”, “I like how it burns” and “Bandera smoothie”.

By creating such fakes, propagandists are trying to dehumanize Ukrainians, saying that they are real killers and criminals. And also to justify the crimes of Russia, shifting responsibility from the aggressor to the victim of aggression. Earlier, Detector Media explained the Russian message that allegedly the Nazis burned people alive in Odesa in 2014, and they also refuted the fake that they allegedly sell wax chalk from the True Pencil brand in Ukraine with inscriptions like “Blood in which we will drown Crimea” , “Fire when we burn Moscow”.

Fake The cover of the German newspaper Handelsblatt depicted how the Europeans are trying to kill Zelenskyi

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Reports say issue No 77 of the German newspaper Handelsblatt came out with a cover in which representatives of European countries want to kill Zelenskyi. The headline on the cover is “New Conditions for the Grain Trade”. It is not true.

This was noticed by VoxCheck fact-checkers, who found out that the real issue No 77 of Handelsblatt had a different cover. Actually, under number 77, the newspaper has a completely different cover. The newspaper came out on April 20, while the fake cover appeared online on April 19. Issue No 76, published on April 19, also did not have a cover with Zelenskyi.

Fake The Spanish satirical magazine El Jueves dedicated its cover to Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the Ukrainian military writhing in pain

Such information was disseminated in social networks, in particular, on telegram channels broadcasting pro-Kremlin rhetoric. Spanish satirical magazine El Jueves has reportedly published a cover with Zelenskyi and Ukrainian soldiers writhing in pain. In front of them is a basket filled with male genitalia. Also, on the cover is the inscription: “Their last holy week”. It is not true.

VoxCheck fact checkers checked this case and found out that there was no such cover in any of the issues of El Jueves magazine. On the cover that was distributed online, the issue number is 2375. Although in fact, the issue with this number has a different cover and was published on November 29, 2022. Actually, on the official website of the publication you can find this issue. However, there is no such cover with Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the Ukrainian military.

VoxCheck fact-checkers checked this case and found out that there was no such cover in any of the issues of El Jueves magazine. On the cover that was distributed online, the issue number is 2375. Although in fact, the issue with this number has a different cover and was published on November 29, 2022. Actually, on the official website of the publication one can find this issue. However, there is no such cover with Volodymyr Zelenskyi and the Ukrainian military.

Fake Zelenskyi supports Russia as he wears shoes with the letter “Z”

In the Lithuanian segment of Facebook, information has spread that Volodymyr Zelenskyi wears shoes with the letter Z, a symbol of the Russian invasion. As proof, they added a cropped video from an interview with the President of Ukraine to the German TV channel ZDF, where this letter is clearly visible on his shoes. Also behind the scenes, a man swears and allegedly asks for shoes. This is manipulation.

The journalists of the 15min project drew attention to the case. The sound superimposed on the video is from the meme and does not concern Zelenskyi's shoes. As for the shoes themselves, the President of Ukraine wears New Balance sneakers and the letter N, the brand logo, is embroidered on them. In the video, the President of Ukraine crossed his legs and leaned on the floor with the toe of his sneaker. That is why the letter N became similar to Z.

Russian propaganda is systematically trying to discredit the President of Ukraine, to convince Ukrainians of his insincerity and to impose the opinion that he supports Russia and does not believe in the victory of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Earlier, Detector Media denied fakes that Zelenskyi allegedly has a Russian passport, Ukrainians allegedly protested against him, and he himself seems to be dreaming of uniting part of the territories of Ukraine with Poland.