FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Volodymyr Zelenskyy Dancing With A Rocket Launcher?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook allegedly shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dancing with a rocket launcher. 

Verdict: False

The video is from a music video set with a TikTok Zelensky impersonator.

Fact Check:

President Joe Biden refuted Zelenskyy’s claim that the missile that killed two people was not Ukrainian, according to Business Insider. “I have no doubt that it was not our missile,” Zelenskyy told Ukrainian media, Reuters reported.

A Facebook video allegedly shows Zelenskyy dancing with a rocket launcher. The video features another man singing, flashing lights and dance music. Text on the video attributes the clip to @DJJasonJoy1.

“Let’s check in on Zelensky who is in the midst of a horrific battle for his life and the lives of all Ukrainians,” the caption reads. “Please donate billions more. It’s clearly going to good use.”

The claim also was shared on Twitter, where it garnered over 5,500 retweets. “Let’s check in on Zelensky who is in the midst of a horrific battle for his life and the lives of all Ukrainians,” the tweet reads.

This video is miscaptioned, however. It originated from TikTok user @makskomikadze, who frequently does Zelenskyy impressions. The post appears to be from a music video shoot. “Shooting a music meter for “Show Wil (Vovan and Lexus show),” the caption roughly translates to.

Zelenskyy previously worked in the entertainment industry as an actor and comedian. A video of him dancing in high heels resurfaced online in March, according to Newsweek.

This is not the first time a video has been the source of misinformation about a politician. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Nancy Pelosi was arrested.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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