FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Graffiti Of Volodymyr Zelenskyy Drawn As A Locust?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A photo shared on Facebook purportedly shows graffiti of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy depicted as a locust. 

Verdict: False

This photo is digitally fabricated. A spokesperson for NYC Parks confirmed there was no such graffiti at the location.

Fact Check: 

An advisor to Zelenskyy resigned after suggesting that Ukraine shot down a missile that hit an apartment block, killing 44, Business Insider reported. The Ukrainian president is expected to make a plea at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos for more heavy weaponry, according to RTE.

A Facebook photo claims to show graffiti of Zelenskyy drawn as a locust with a bag of money that reads “U.S. Budget” on his back. The photo shows the alleged graffiti in a busy park.

“The artist (Polish, they say) continues to smear Zensky (sic) on the pavement in every city in the world,” the caption reads. “This time in New York and envisioned as a locust.”

This claim is fabricated, however. A reporter for Lead Stories went to the precise location shown in the photos and did not find the alleged graffiti. 

A spokesperson for NYC Parks confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact that the “chalk image has not been observed/removed.”  (RELATED: Does This Image Show Graffiti Of Volodymyr Zelenskyy Eating Money In Paris?)

The location shown in the image is Central Park in New York City. Graffiti is illegal in New York City, according to the website for New York City Economic Development Corporation, while the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation allows users to report graffiti.

A map from New York City’s government shows locations of graffiti in the city, but does not list any sites in Central Park itself. There is only one location near the park that has been reported.

This is not the first time a fabricated image claiming to show graffiti of Zelenskyy has gone viral. Check Your Fact previously debunked an image claiming to show graffiti of Zelenskyy emerging from the pavement and inhaling bank notes.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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