FACT CHECK: German Newspaper Cover Of Zelenskyy Is Fake

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter
An image shared on Twitter claims to show a Handelsblatt cover of Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy.

Verdict: False

The image is fake. The newspaper has addressed the fake covers.

Fact Check:

Social media users have been sharing an image claiming to show a purported German newspaper cover of Zelenskyy. The tweet reads,”A German newspaper correctly understood the main outcome of the NATO summit.”

This image, however, is fake. Check Your Fact reviewed newspaper covers from Handelsblatt and did not find any matching the cover in the Facebook image. The most recent cover, for example, does not depict Zelenskyy at all.

Sebastian Matthes, editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt, told Reuters that the newspaper did not create the cover.  Handelsblatt also addressed claims on Twitter. (RELATED: Did 27,000 Russians Surrender In Ukraine?)

“Fake front pages have been circulating more and more in various media lately. We at the Handelsblatt are also affected. So a note on our own behalf: You can always find the cover of our current issue here https://epaper.handelsblatt.com/storefront,” the newspaper tweeted.

Misinformation around the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is not new. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video allegedly showing a soldier exploding after hitting a tank with an artillery shell.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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