The Pentagon hung the Ukrainian flag upside down during a press conference

On Monday, the Pentagon appeared to hang the Ukrainian flag upside down during a virtual meeting with the Eastern European country’s military chiefs.

In a video posted online by the Pentagon, Ukrainian flags can be seen in the background of a


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meeting hosted by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, US General Mark Milley and Laura Cooper, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs.

Ukrainian flags, alternating between American flags, appeared to be hung with the yellow half on top, instead of the correct way, with the blue half on top.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov was on roll call with his team, and officials from 44 other countries were also present.

Austin and Reznikov have met before in front of the correct display of the Ukrainian flag, which has been used in the country since 1848.

Rhineland-Palatinate, Ramstein: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (L) and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov during a conference on the war in Ukraine at Ramstein Air Base on April 26, 2022.

Rhineland-Palatinate, Ramstein: U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (L) and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Resnikov during a conference on the war in Ukraine at Ramstein Air Base on April 26, 2022.

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The Pentagon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Monday’s virtual meeting focused on Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, the country’s combat requirements and international donations.

“We hope to train Ukrainian forces on many new capabilities,” Austin said at the meeting. “I know everyone here shared that sense of urgency.”

He added: “We all understand the threat Russian aggression poses to European security and to the rules-based international order that keeps us all safe.

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