A hack job – Russian war journalist mistakes Polish for English in viral weapons vid
A video clip of a Russian journalist in Ukraine has gone viral after he claimed to have found an American code written on a captured weapon. It had in fact been written in Polish.
Aleksandr Sladkov, a journalist for the Russia-1 TV channel – part of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) – was filmed looking at what he said was a US-supplied anti-tank grenade launcher.
"Interesting. The Americans wrote [instructions] in Ukrainian using the Latin alphabet," he says in the clip.
He then begins to translate the instructions on how to use the one-shot anti-tank grenade launcher.
"[It's] American," he says, and then proclaims that "[i]t was yours, now it's ours!”
Most of the instructions, with accompanying illustrations, are written in letters too small to make out until the camera shows a yellow sticker with black lettering reading “TU TRZYMAĆ RĘKĄ” - Polish for “Hold with [your] hand here.”
The weapon is in fact a RPG-76 ‘Komar’, a weapon manufactured in Poland that dates back to the Soviet-era.
The film has been widely circulated online with Sladkov roundly ridiculed.
However, the presence of US-made weapons has "caused panic" among Russian troops, the Ukrainian military have told the BBC.
Ukraine is about to get 2,000 more weapons, with Javelin missiles among the items promised to Ukraine in a new USD 800 million military assistance package announced by President Joe Biden, bringing total US military aid pledged for Ukraine to USD 1 billion in the past week.
Rosjanie którzy zdobyli Polski RPG-76 Komar czytając Polskie napisy myślą że Amerykanie stworzyli nowy język 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/pWoEjF3qqO— PrawyPopulista 🇵🇱 (@PrawaStronaa) April 17, 2022