Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recorded a video, debunking a fake news story about him being in intensive care, on July 21.
The fraudulent news report was aired by several Ukrainian radio stations, after they were compromised in a cyber-attack. Hackers broadcasted that Zelenskyy was allegedly hospitalized, with the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament becoming acting president.
In response, the president released a video, reassuring citizens that he’s in good health.
“Today, Russia disseminated another bit of fake news, saying that president Zelenskyy is not in control and is in an intensive care unit, instead,” said Zelenskyy.
“On that point – I’m in my office. I’m feeling better than ever.”
The president reiterated that the Ukrainian people will resist Russian aggression, regardless of what might happen to him.
“I have bad news for those who spread fake news like this: I’m not alone,” Zelenskyy said.
“There are 40 millions of us. And, with all due respect to the elderly, 44 is hardly 70,” he concluded, seemingly contrasting his age to that of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.