FACT CHECK: Did The French Ambassador To Ukraine Resign?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims the French ambassador to Ukraine resigned following a series of attacks in Kyiv.

Verdict: False

The ambassador has not resigned. The French government and the ambassador himself debunked the rumor.

Fact Check:

Kyiv and other cities of Ukraine have been hit by Russian missile and drone strikes in the past few weeks, according to The Washington Post. A new wave of missile strikes hit the capital of Ukraine as a deal allowing grain exports in the region to resume was put in jeopardy following Russia’s withdrawal from the agreement, Reuters reported.

The Facebook post claims France’s ambassador to Ukraine, Etienne de Poncins, resigned from his position. It also claims that the ambassador remarked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy left Kyiv.

However, there is no evidence that de Poncins has resigned. If he had done so, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Neither the French Embassy in Ukraine nor France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has released statements confirming that de Poncins had resigned.

The ambassador himself debunked the claim on Twitter, saying that the claim was “fake news.” (RELATED: Did The Ukrainians Hit The Crimea Bridge With A HIMARS Missile?)

“This is fake news please remove immediately,” de Poncins said in response to someone making the claim.

A spokeswoman for France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Anne-Claire Legendre, said in a tweet that the French team in Kyiv never left.

Tribute to the entire team in Kiev under the leadership of  @EdePoncins who never left #Ukraine, alongside the Ukrainians to whom we bring our support,” Legendre tweeted. 

The post also contains false information about Zelenskyy. The Ukrainian president has not left Kyiv and was recently photographed at an Oct. 20 press conference with Swiss President  Ignazio Cassis. He also met members of Congress Oct. 21, including Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner, according to Dayton Daily News.

Misinformation surrounding the Ukrainian war has circulated on social media since its start in February. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting Ukrainian forces pushed out Russian forces in Kherson.

Elias Atienza

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