Fact Check-Photos show Ukrainian politician Kira Rudyk, not Olena Zelenska

Side-by-side photos of Ukrainian member of parliament Kira Rudyk are being shared on social media with false claims they show Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine.

The miscaptioned photos can be seen online (here), (here).

The photos can be seen on Rudyk’s public, verified Instagram profile. The image on the left was posted to her account on Feb. 27, 2022, in the early days of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine (here). The second photo can be seen (here).

Reuters photos of Olena Zelenska can be seen (here).

The office of the president of Ukraine did not immediately reply to a Reuters’ request for comment.


Miscaptioned. Photographs of Ukrainian politician Kira Rudyk have been miscaptioned by online users saying they show Ukraine’s first lady.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here .