What Does the Kremlin Really Think about Volodymyr Zelenskiy?

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not congratulate Volodymyr Zelenskiy on his presidential election victory. It does not mean the Kremlin refused to support him though. If we look at the news on Russian state media outlets, we can see that they mention Volodymyr Zelenskiy mostly in a neutral or positive manner.

Before the second round of the Ukrainian presidential elections, the Kremlin’s media created a very positive image of Volodymyr Zelenskiy. He was highly praised even by TV-hosts Dmitriy Kiselyov and Pyotr Tolstoy, who are famous for their very critical position towards modern Ukraine.

Suddenly, as soon as Ukrainian exit-poll results confirmed Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s victory in the second round of the presidential elections, the Kremlin media made their rhetoric more indirect and careful. They do not praise him a lot and do not prejudge him. At the same time, the majority of Kremlin media outlets avoid mentioning that Volodymyr Zelenskiy criticises Vladimir Putin.

UkraineWorld selected the most common narratives about Volodymyr Zelenskiy appearing in Russian state media outlets over the last week.

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