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Pentagon hung Ukrainian flag upside down during virtual meeting with the country's military leaders

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US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (2nd L) gives opening remarks as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley (R) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia Laura Cooper (L) listen during a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the Pentagon May 23, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (2nd L) gives opening remarks as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley (R) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia Laura Cooper (L) listen during a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group at the Pentagon May 23, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • The Pentagon appeared to hang the Ukrainian flag upside down during a Zoom meeting on Monday.
  • Ukraine's flag, which has been used since 1848, is usually hung with the blue half up top. 
  • Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov was on the call along with his team.
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The Pentagon on Monday appeared to hang the Ukrainian flag upside down during a virtual meeting with the eastern European country's military leaders.

In a video published online by the Pentagon, Ukrainian flags can be seen in the background of a Zoom meeting hosted by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, top US General Mark Milley, and Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs.

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

Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov was on the call with his team, and officials from 44 other countries also attended.

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

Rhineland-Palatinate, Ramstein: Lloyd Austin (l), U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Oleksiy Resnikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine, at a conference on the Ukraine war at Ramstein Air Base on April 26, 2022. Photo by Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images
Rhineland-Palatinate, Ramstein: Lloyd Austin (l), U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Oleksiy Resnikov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine, at a conference on the Ukraine war at Ramstein Air Base on April 26, 2022. Photo by Boris Roessler/picture alliance via Getty Images

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.


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