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Fact Check-The Pentagon did not say that Volodymyr Zelenskiy is George Soros’ cousin

Social media users claim the Pentagon released a statement saying that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is a cousin of George Soros.

Examples can be seen (here) and (here).

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.

Reuters has previously debunked the claim that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the niece of Soros (here) and other claims about Soros (here , here , here ).

A Google search of the claim (here) revealed no credible results.

VERDICT

False. The Pentagon did not release a statement saying that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is the cousin of George Soros.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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