Russia’s diplomat to the UN was rudely interrupted on Sky News as he was trying to tell the network’s audience about Zelensky sharing a picture of a Ukrainian soldier with a visible SS insignia on Victory Day, that was deleted shortly afterwards.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky marked World War II Victory Day by posting a photo of a Ukrainian soldier wearing the elite Nazi Waffen SS unit’s ‘death’s head’ patch. While the photo was quickly removed from his social media accounts, it was also posted by the Ministry of Defense in Kiev.
On Monday, Zelensky posted the offending item to Instagram and Telegram. The ‘death’s head,’ or “totenkopf,” insignia of the 3rd SS Panzer Division, a unit of elite Nazi soldiers infamous for executing multiple war crimes and massacres of French civilians and Polish Jews, is worn by a soldier next to an artillery gun in it.
The death’s head insignia is considered by advocacy groups to be a “hate symbol” used by “Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists.”
While the photo was quickly removed, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense shared it on Twitter with a quotation from Zelensky declaring May 9 as the “Day of Victory over Nazism.”
After claiming that Ukraine’s President shared a photo of a soldier with SS insignia on social media, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy’s interview with Sky News was cut short.
“Do you know what it is? It’s an emblem of a German SS division in the Second World War. So he published on the Victory Day an emblem of a fighter of Right Sector [banned in Russia] with this emblem, saying that this is a symbol of [the] fight against Nazism as he sees it,” Polyanskiy said.
The host tried to interrupt the diplomat, who in turn asked not to do that.
“This was deleted after half an hour but, of course, we have a copy of this… It means that [the] UK now is covering Ukrainian authorities, which display Nazi symbols during the Victory Day,” Polyanskiy added, after which the host interrupted the diplomat saying the latter had run out of time.