Social media users claim the Pentagon released a statement saying that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is a cousin of George Soros.
The text in one post reads: “Volodymyr Zelensky is a cousin of George Soros. Pentagon official says.”
No such statement exists on the website of the U.S. Department of Defense (www.defense.gov/News/releases/ ) or its social media accounts (twitter.com/DeptofDefense , www.facebook.com/DeptofDefense , here ).
A spokesperson for the Office of the Secretary of Defense confirmed to Reuters via email the office had not released any such statement.
Reuters found no evidence that Soros and Zelenskiy are cousins.
A Google search of the claim (here) revealed no credible results.
False. The Pentagon did not release a statement saying that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the cousin of George Soros.
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