German magazine did not publish a cartoon cover with Zelenskyy

CLAIM: The German satirical magazine Titanic published an October cover of a cartoon of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy devouring money and military equipment with the title “Ewiger Appetit”, eternal appetite in English.

AP’S REVIEW: Not true. The magazine has not published this cover. Online records of the magazine’s recent publications show no such image, and the magazine’s editor-in-chief confirmed to The Associated Press that the cover is not authentic.

THE FACTS: A fabricated magazine cover featuring an illustration by Zelenskyy has been circulating on social media this month, incorrectly attributed to the German outlet.

The October cover of Titanic features a photo of the aftermath of the 1945 bombing of Dresden, Germany, during World War II, along with a small photo of King Charles III of England with the German caption: “Koloniale Verbrechen: So litt Deutschland unter der britischen Krone,” Colonial Crimes: How Germany Suffered Under the British Crown in English.

Multiple Twitter users shared the fake cover, suggesting it was authentic.

“Zelensky is a black hole that absorbs the inexhaustible flow of European taxpayers’ money. Cover of the German magazine Titanic,” a Twitter user falsely claimed.

The magazine publishes an archive of its covers online, none of which show the Zelenskyy illustration. Julia Mateus, the magazine’s top editor, also confirmed in an email to the AP on Wednesday that her outlet has not published the cover.

Furthermore, the fake cover has been incorrectly labeled number six, while Titanic published number six in June. The October cover was number 10.

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