Fabricated Quote in the Name of Zelenskyy about Turkey

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On February 7th, a Georgian-speaking Facebook account, as well as Russian-language accounts (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) shared a screenshot of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s alleged Twitter post, in which the President of Ukraine expresses his condolences to Turkey and hopes that they will be able to resolve everything soon and that the supply of assistance to Ukraine will not be stopped.

The screenshot shared on social media is fabricated. A similar post cannot be found on Volodymyr Zelensky’s official Twitter page or in other open sources.

The president of Ukraine responded to the events in Turkey several times on his Twitter page. On February 6th, Zelenskyy issued two written statements on this topic in Turkish and Ukrainian languages (1, 2). In both of them, Zelenskyy expresses his condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake and wishes the injured a speedy recovery; in the statements, we also read that Ukraine is ready to provide the necessary assistance to Turkey.

On February 7th, Zelenskyy published two more written statements on Twitter in Ukrainian and English about the tragedy in Turkey (1, 2). According to the statements, the President of Ukraine expressed his condolences to his Turkish colleague and informed him about the decision to send rescuers and equipment from Ukraine.

As for the shared screenshot, a statement of similar content cannot be found on Zelenskyy’s Twitter page at the moment. Similar information cannot be found in other open sources (in the media or on the accounts of Zelenskyy’s official social networks). It is also worth noting that everyone who spreads information about the mentioned Twitter post relies on the same screenshot.

About the Source

Disinformation disseminated by the Facebook account “David Jebashvili” [The author of the post], including visual manipulations created to discredit Zelenskyy, has been fact-checked by Myth Detector in the past as well. For more information, see our articles:

Another Facebook account Феврония Муромская has been disseminating anti-Ukrainian false claims in the past as well. 

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Topic: Politics
Country: Russia, Ukraine
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