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Disinformation rampant on Telegram about President Zelenskyi’s visit to DC

December 22 – While President Volodymyr Zelenskyi visited Washington, DC, Detector Media monitored how anonymous pro-Russian Telegram channels covered the visit. The key disinformation narratives found are:

  • Zelenskyi’s visit was unsuccessful because he failed to negotiate additional weapon support for Ukraine and he is now preparing for negotiations with Putin.
  • The U.S. does not want to continue supporting Ukraine because they fear possible escalation.
  • Zelenskyi left Ukraine before Bakhmut might fall in order to blame Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, for its possible defeat.
  • U.S. Democrats and military lobbyists invited Zelenskyi to shift public focus from domestic problems to global issues and further escalation.

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