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Western media outlets do not see Nazis in Ukraine

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Western media outlets do not see Nazis in Ukraine

A Ukrainian man in the city of Kharkov has an elaborate Nazi tattoo on his arm, which is not “seen” by Reuters or any other western media outlet. Instead, every effort is being made by those biased anti-Russia propagandists in hiding a plain fact – Ukraine is flooded with Nazis and fans of Hitler.

Here is an example. A picture taken by Reuters photo journalist Ivan Alvarado and published on June 8,2022 under the caption: “A local resident inspects a damaged van following a military strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine”.

The man, whose face cannot be seen in the photo, is peering into a white van peppered with shrapnel holes. A massive swastika inside a circle can be seen peeking out from beneath the left sleeve of his light blue t-shirt, part of a tattoo that looks like an armband worn by Nazi party members.

Russian diplomats called out the news agency Reuters on Friday for not noticing that a Ukrainian man they identified only as a “local resident” in the city of Kharkov had an elaborate Nazi tattoo on his arm.

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“We’ve fixed your oopsie, Reuters”, the Russian arms control mission in Vienna tweeted on Friday, putting a red circle around the man’s tattoo and posting an enlarged image alongside, showing it more clearly.

“In case you forgot, a Nazi is a Nazi is a Nazi”, the mission added.

The diplomats called the photo “another propaganda stunt to slander Russia”. Reuters had captioned the photo as the aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on a residential area of Kharkov. Moscow has consistently denied attacking civilian infrastructure, insisting it only targets military objects.

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The Russian arms control mission in Austria was hardly the first to notice the tattoo. Multiple social media users have responded to Reuters wondering about the caption or the choice to include it in the collage.

“There must be a lot of Nazis in this region if Reuters couldn’t find a photo of a Ukrainian without a swastika tattoo”, said one representative comment.

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Moscow’s stated objective for sending troops into Ukraine in February was to “demilitarize and denazify” the government in Kiev. The US and its allies, who support Ukraine, have accused Russia of inventing or exaggerating the existence of Nazis in the country. Time and again, however, the supposedly nonexistent Nazis end up being featured in media photographs.

On May 9, as Russia celebrated victory over Nazi Germany, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky posted a photo of a Ukrainian soldier wearing a “Totenkopf” (death’s head) patch of the Hitler’s 3rd SS Panzer Division.

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In March, the Ukrainian foreign ministry tweeted out photos of female soldiers, clearly showing the “Sonnenrad” (Black Sun) symbol used by the German SS as well as Ukraine’s notorious “Azov” militia. NATO shared a similar photo of a Ukrainian soldier as well, only to hastily scrub the tweet after online activists pointed out that it featured the same symbol.

At the end of May, following the surrender of most of its fighters in Mariupol, the notorious Azov militia announced it was changing its main symbol to the Ukrainian trident, dropping the “Wolfsangel” rune used previously. Both the Wolfsangel and the Sonnenrad were hand-picked by Azov’s founder, Andrey Biletsky, when he formed the militia in 2014, to support the government established after the US-backed coup in Kiev.

Western media gone insane

For the past few days, several media outlets in the Western countries, including the US are competing in publishing propaganda stuff spread by the Ukrainian side with the ulterior motive of misleading people. While most of the people by now are aware of such ridiculous propaganda stuffs, Western media outlets seem to put increased focus on this practice with the false hope of generating more support in favor of Zelensky or enhancing the size of already declining number of Putin-haters.

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Sohail Choudhury is the Executive Editor of Blitz

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