Russians claim US seeking Zelensky's replacement — CCD denies

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service’s (SVR) claim that the US is seeking to replace Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was debunked by the Defense Council's Center for Countering Disinformation (CCD), according to a Telegram post on May 6.

This false statement is part of a Russian psychological operation (psyop) known as "Maidan-3," aimed at persuading Ukrainians and the West of Zelenskyy's "illegitimacy."

The CCD also cautioned of an uptick in similar statements from Russian authorities in the coming days.

On April 30, political scientist Oleksiy Koshel told Radio NV that Ukrainians should brace themselves for another Russian psychological operation, centered on the narrative that Zelenskyy is no longer a legitimate president as his term approaches its end in May.

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In February, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology released a study showing that as of February 2024, the majority of Ukrainians, 69%, believe that Zelenskyy should continue his duties until the conclusion of martial law.

Zelenskyy's five-year presidential term will end on May 20. The president should remain in office until the newly elected one assumes the role, according to the Constitution.

Zelenskyy himself believes that any doubts about his presidential legitimacy after May 2024, when his term expires, are part of Russian narratives and the Kremlin's planned agenda.

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