Top US military officials announce new aid package for Ukraine, under the flag of a non-existent country
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Millie sat down with allies on Monday in Kiev to drum up new arms shipments, as they sat in front of four upside-down Ukrainian flags. Snafu is not the first time that Washington’s top politicians have been confused about the country in which they are banking.
Austin and Millie hosted a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a panel of 47 countries willing to provide arms and other military assistance to Kiev. As Austin describes the United States’ efforts to secure it “Critically needed artillery systems and ammunition, coastal defenses, tanks and other armored vehicles” For Kiev, observers soon noticed that something was wrong.
Behind Austin and Millie, four Ukrainian flags were hung upside down, with yellow instead of blue on top.
Probably the work of a Pentagon staffer, Gaffati was not the first time that supporters of Ukraine have pushed for the display of its distinctive flag. In March, the AFL-CIO – the largest trade union in the United States – tweeted a picture of its executive council overturning Ukrainian flag posters that read: “Stand with Ukraine.” After some ridicule online, Twitter users re-posted the digitally altered image with the union flags before commenting on the poor Photoshop work, before deleting it completely.
The @AFLCIO Now their Photoshop “Stand with Ukraine” image has been deleted. Join me on a ride. 5 PM – Post photo with “Stand with Ukraine” poster Drag Ukrainian flags upside down 10 PM – Photoshop done (bad) 9:30 AM Post new photo with delete signs pic.twitter.com/8D7B6hPN4R
– Matt Whitlock (tmattdizwhitlock) March 16, 2022
Past and present U.S. leaders have also completely confused Ukraine with other countries. In a March speech condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Joe Biden announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin “Tanks may surround Kiev, but they will never win the hearts and souls of the Iranian people.”
Most recently, former President George W. Bush condemned “A completely unjust and brutal invasion of Iraq – I mean Ukraine,” A slip-up that mentions its own invasion of Iraq in 2003.
George W. Bush has condemned the “irrational invasion of Iraq.”
After Monday’s meeting, Austin announced that Denmark would supply Ukraine with anti-ship missiles, send Czech attack helicopters, and donate artillery systems and ammunition to Italy, Greece, Norway and Poland. The United States has provided about $ 4 billion in military aid to Ukraine since February and will spend another $ 40 billion on military and economic aid to Kiev – more than six times Ukraine’s annual defense budget.
The Kremlin has accused the United States and its allies of waging a war “War by proxy” Through the shipment of these weapons against Russia, as well as through training and intelligence sharing with Ukrainian forces.
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