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Ukraine’s President Wants US to Fight Russia. Here Are Three Times He’s Bent the Truth.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hasn’t been entirely truthful while seeking the West’s intervention in his country’s war with Russia.


Zelenskyy’s misstatements may be understandable, but that’s no excuse for the American media.


Facing a brutal Russian invasion justified by Kremlin lies, Ukrainian officials under Zelenskyy have promoted a number of unproven myths of their own, from the “ghost of Kyiv” to the Russian soldier fearfully texting his mother.

  • Meanwhile, the president, a former actor who has emerged as the war’s hero, has repeatedly exaggerated Russian ruthlessness and Ukrainian bravery as part of his successful advocacy for greater U.S. and European support.

1. MARCH 3: Zelenskyy urgently warned that Russian forces were targeting a Ukrainian nuclear power plant and an explosion would be “the end for everyone. The end for Europe.”

Within an hour or two, it became clear the facility had not been seriously damaged and the nuclear threat was never serious.

2. MARCH 1: Zelenskyy, who is Jewish, suggested Russian troops had bombed a Holocaust memorial and that the world was enabling a second Holocaust.

It later emerged that Babyn Yar was unscathed by the rocket attack on a TV tower in Kyiv.

3. FEB. 25: Zelenskyy announced 13 Ukrainian border guards had been killed in a defiant stand on Snake Island in the Black Sea and that the men would be posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.

A few days later, Ukraine’s navy confirmed the soldiers were “alive and well” after surrendering to the Russians.


Zelenskyy has not been shy about demanding the West go to war with Russia to save Ukraine.

  • On a call with U.S. lawmakers Saturday, he angrily denounced NATO’s refusal to impose a no-fly zone and blamed the West for “all the people who will die from this day.”

Establishment media on the right and left have mostly been forgiving of misinformation by Zelenskyy’s government, with The New York Times calling it “a key part of Ukraine’s war plan.”

But some populist commentators, like Chronicles Magazine editor Pedro Gonzalez, have complained that Zelenskyy and his supporters are trying to drag the United States into war with Russia, a nuclear superpower.

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