Russian pranksters posing as Ukraine's Zelenskiy trick Macron

Russian pranksters posing as Ukraine's Zelenskiy trick Macron

Russian pranksters posing as Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy tricked French President Emmanuel Macron into a hoax phone call after the Ukrainian presidential vote.

In audio from a 15-minute phone call posted on YouTube, Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus get through to Macron by pretending to be Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience who won the Ukrainian presidential vote in a landslide.

One of the pranksters, impersonating Zelenskiy, joked that his winning 73% of the vote in the Ukrainian election was reminiscent of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s own strong election results, Reuters reported.

The French president goes on to promise that France would "do our utmost to give you support in the fight against corruption and with the Minsk agreements", referring to the 2015 accords aimed at establishing peace in the civil war in eastern Ukraine.

When the pranksters, still posing as Zelenskiy, tell Macron that Ukraine will have to engage in dialogue with Russia, and accuse Poroshenko of refusing to fulfil the provisions of the Minsk agreements, Macron responds: "I believe you are absolutely right, and you have all grounds to have this opinion. So, dear Volodymyr, you can count on my support".

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