FACT CHECK: Did Ukraine’s Defense Ministry Send An Anti-Zelenskyy Tweet In 2018?

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

An image shared on Twitter claims to show a 2018 tweet from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry about why Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a bad choice for president.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence that this tweet was ever sent.

Fact Check:

Zelenskyy is planning to attend the G7 Summit May 21 as the coalition seeks to tighten punishments against Russia for its ongoing war in Ukraine, according to The Associated Press. The visit follows a surprise visit by the Ukrainian president to Saudi Arabia, AlJazeera reported.

The Twitter image claims to show a 2018 tweet from Ukraine’s Defense Ministry describing Zelenskyy as a “naked clown.”

“The naked clown called Volodymyr Zelenskyy is dreaming of becoming the president of Ukraine.If this American stooge, who knows nothing about foreign and defence policy, succeeds in his plan, he will destroy our nation with the help of NATO. Don’t vote for this piece of shit,” reads the alleged tweet.

However, there is no evidence that this tweet exists. If the ministry had sent this tweet, media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. Check Your Fact also reviewed the ministry’s verified Twitter account and did not find the alleged tweet. (RELATED: Did The Leaked Pentagon Documents Show Ukraine Suffered 71,000 Dead?)

Check Your Fact also reviewed archived screenshots of the ministry’s Twitter account available on the Wayback Machine. This search did not yield any results for the ministry calling Zelenskyy a “naked clown.”

Shayan Sardarizadeh, a BBC reporter who monitors misinformation, also debunked the claim on Twitter.

“The reason nobody remembered this tweet is that it’s fake,” Sardarizadeh tweeted.

The Ukraine war has spawned numerous instances of misinformation and incorrectly-linked videos and photos. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim allegedly showing a Ukrainian Marder stuck in a river.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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