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Is ‘Zelensky Green’ the New Black? President’s Shirt Has Become ‘Iconic Message of Defiance’

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He is being admired and praised from around the globe as the world watches while President Volodymyr Zelensky courageously defends his country with unshakeable poise. And he has done so primarily wearing a military olive green short-sleeved T-shirt, often one with the symbol of Ukraine’s armed forces.

Just google “Zelensky green shirt” and dozens of photographs in the past weeks pop up as well as headlines such as “How Ukrainian President Zelensky’s Simple Green T-Shirt Became an Iconic Message of Defiance ” from the Guardian Independent.

Or “The Man in the Olive Green Tee ” from The New York Times or “How Putin’s US $14,000 coat, Zelensky’s T-shirts send a message to the world” in the South China Morning Post. Amazon is even selling the simple tee, with the message: “This shirt is specially designed for those who support Ukraine, love peace, and want to stop the war!”

As the Independent wrote about the President and his t-shirt, the shining admiration is evident. Not only does the news outlet label the shirt itself an “iconic message of defiance” but describes how the shirt “oftentimes it gets bunched up a little, as it digs into his biceps.”

Zelensky addressed the United States Congress as well as the British and Canadian parliaments wearing one of the simple t-shirts. Of course, the public was busy on social media discussing whether his outfit choice was a bold connection to his armed forces and a way to connect with everyday people, or if he should be leading in a suit.

The Independent notes that his outfit, along with being “seated in a simple chair and appearing to be speaking from an artificially lit room that suggests an operations centre, or a bunker, or a combination of the two” protects him with “no visual clues that could give away his whereabouts.”

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  1. Amy

    March 23, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Why isn’t any news outlet mentioning that Zelenskyy’s army green shirt had the Nazi cross on it?

  2. Marianne Louise Garvens

    March 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Zelensky is brilliant!
    He’s simple yet very effective.
    Putin must be furious because I expect it is embarrassing for Putin to be ineffective militarily so he must use bombs to make himself appear capable.
    It just makes him a bully not a strategist and it makes him look weak and insecure.

  3. El BO

    March 24, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    HIS T SHIRT IS FINE. HE IS IN A WAR AlONGSIDE WITH HIS FELLOW UKRAINIANS.
    HE DOESN’T NEED A SUIT.
    IN FACT I AM GOING ON AMAZON.COM AND BUY 2 OF THOSE T SHIRTS TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR HIS COUNTRY.
    SURE HOPE HE WINS THE WAR.

  4. Donny Foreback

    March 25, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    I think President Zelensky is one of the bravest, most committed leaders in the world right now. When Biden offered to get him out of Ukraine, he said, “I need support, not a ride.” I admire his refusal to leave his embattled country in the midst of this senseless war perpetrated by Putin. I believe that if Putin does indeed make this a nuclear war, then he should be tried for crimes against humanity at the Hague.

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Report: Ukraine Sunk Russian Warship By Using US Intel

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Ukraine sunk the Russian warship Moskva last month using United States intelligence, according to a new report from NBC News.

“A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet,” NBC News reported. “It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said. Moscow said the vessel sank after a fire. The Moskva was the largest Russian warship sunk in combat since World War II. American officials said there were significant Russian casualties, but they don’t know how many.”

“The attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odesa, U.S. officials told NBC News,” the outlet added. “The U.S. identified it as the Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.”

The news comes the day after a report from The New York Times revealed that the United States has provided Ukraine with intelligence on Russian military units that has enabled the country to kill multiple Russian generals.

“The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine,” The New York Times reported. “That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.”

“The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently,” the outlet added. “Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.”

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Putin’s Personal Cameraman Quit After Recording His Invasion Speech

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal cameraman, Ilya Filatov, reportedly quit his job immediately after filming Putin’s announcement that he would be invading Ukraine.

The timing of Filatov’s exit from a job that he had for over a decade led to speculation that he actually faced dismissal because of negative comments he allegedly made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, Filatov “denies this version,” according to independent Russian news site The Insider, which is banned in Russia. Filatov claims that he quit because he “reached the ceiling in the profession” and that he was “tired of sitting in quarantine for many months,” which he was required to do to reduce the likelihood he could contract COVID-19 and infect Putin.

Filatov’s sudden departure from his long time role as Putin’s cameraman was part of a pattern of Russian employee exits following comments suggesting opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As explained by The Insider, “Since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, one by one employees of Russian TV channels have been fired or left the frame. On April 21, Alexander Gurevich, the host of the One Hundred to One program, resigned from the VGTRK . Prior to this, anti-war comments on his behalf appeared under the episodes of the show on YouTube. In March, it became known that Zhanna Agalakova, an employee of Channel One, quit , and journalist Vadim Glusker quit NTV.”

The Insider also noted how Marina Ovsyannikova, an employee of Channel One, “broke into the live newscast for a few seconds with a poster “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda, they lie to you here.” Before the action, she recorded a video message in which she condemned the actions of the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine. On March 15, the journalist was fined 30,000 rubles. In April, she became a freelance correspondent for the German Welt.”

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