A Facebook post claims Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska travelled on a private jet after spending 40,000 euros ($A63,000) on Christmas gifts during a visit to Paris.
The post features an image (archived here) which appears to show the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sitting alone on a plane wearing a Gucci tracksuit and Rolex watch, with two Louis Vuitton bags next to her.
Text with the post reads: “In Paris, in one store, Olena Zelenskaya, wife of comedian zelensky spent 40 thousand euros on Christmas gifts, while ordinary Ukrainians are suffering.”
However, the image is a fake, with Zelenska’s head photoshopped onto another person’s body.
The altered image was posted to Facebook on December 22 by a user who frequently shares pro-Putin and anti-Ukraine content.
But claims of her spending 40,000 euros in a store during her trip are unfounded and appear to have originated from an unverified Twitter account.
Translated from French, the tweet said: “Mr Zelensky’s wife, Olena Zelenska, passing through Paris today, is said to have spent €40,000 during a 1-hour visit to a store on Avenue Montaigne… (Reliable source: Employee of the store in question in charge collection from customers).”
The only source cited in the article is a tweet from “SGM World News” which reads: “BREAKING: Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Zelensky, reportedly spent €40000 on a shopping trip in Paris while visiting the country to plead for more support for Ukraine, store employees have claimed online.”
A Facebook post’s claim that Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska was pictured on a private jet after spending 40,000 euros on Christmas gifts in Paris is false. The image has been altered. Claims of Zelenska spending thousands of euros on a shopping spree during a diplomatic trip to Paris can be traced back to misinformation news sites.
False – The claim is inaccurate.