Fact check: Did President Zelenskyy’s daughter call her father a Nazi and fled to Poland?
Social media had alleged in a video circulating online that Oleksandra Zelenska, the daughter of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, called her father a “Nazi” and “fled” Ukraine.
The claims were accompanied by a photograph dispersing online claiming to show the daughter of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Several social media sites showed the images of a young crying woman, claiming in various languages that the president’s 17-year-old daughter, Oleksandra Zelenska, “hates her father” and had called him a “Nazi” and “murderer of the Ukrainian people.”
DW reports that Russian websites have also circulated the claim.
However, Nexus News debunked the allegations to be false and bogus.
In a google reverse image search, Nexus News discovered that the pictured woman is not Zelenska and the photo was shot from a video that had appeared on the internet in 2017.
Furthermore, Zelenskyy’s daughter, born in 2004, was rather younger than the woman in the video. For comparison, this video shows Zelenska at 11 years of age.
Nexus News also learnt that the pair in the video from which the image is taken speak Russian, not Ukrainian, and their conversation is not about Zelenskyy.
The man who records the video — presumably, the woman’s partner — addresses her as Nastya and tries to comfort her. She responds: “You promised me that iPhone five months ago and never bought it!”
Tagged “exclusive” and disseminated in Georgian, Spanish and German, among other languages, the message also claims that Zelenska had “fled to Poland.”
Also, a billboard just noticeable behind the crying woman during the first seconds of the video, however, advertises a property for sale, and the phone number on display belongs to a real estate agent based in Sochi, Russia, which was verified on the basis of the person’s WhatsApp and Instagram profiles.
This implies that the sequence revealed in the video could have been filmed in the Black Sea coast area.