The Sky News slot ended after Dmitry Polyansky showed an image of a Nazi symbol posted by Ukraine's leader.
Dmitry Polyansky, the deputy head of Russia's mission to the UN, has claimed that the UK s Sky News abruptly ended an interview with him after he showed a picture with a Nazi symbol that had been posted by the Ukrainian president.
On Monday, Volodomyr Zelensky had promoted the image, which marked the victory of the Soviet Union over Adolf Hitler's Germany in World War Two.
He quickly wound up the talk, muttering that his time, as it turned out, was up suddenly, and that Sky News could not verify this information, he wrote on Monday.
They don't need the truth because they don't need the freedom of speech in the West! They ll think a hundred times before they invite Russian diplomats to a live show! In an interview with Sky News, Polyansky was asked whether he agreed that Russian troops in Ukraine were dishonoring their grandfathers who fought the Nazis, and that their actions were mirroring fascism. Polyansky called the assertion blasphemous. He said that it was absolutely disastrous and shameless what the UK is doing right now, forgetting everything that we were fighting for. The diplomat then pulled out of a tablet and showed a screenshot of a since-deleted social media post by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On Victory Day, Zelensky released a picture of a Ukrainian fighter with a skull head patch that was worn by an elite German SS unit during the war.
When the host tried to interject, Polyansky said: Don t interrupt me, sir, please. Do you know that this division of Totenkopf was responsible for the murder of 100 Britons in France in the beginning of World War II? It means that now the UK is covering Ukrainian authorities, which display Nazi symbols during Victory Day. These Nazi symbols were used by the same regiments that killed British people. Isn't that a little bit strange? The host said they had run out of time and ended the interview. He added that the network could not independently verify Polyansky's claims.
A picture of a fighter with the skull head patch was posted on the Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Twitter and later removed.
Moscow previously said it had captured fighters with Nazi tattoos and badges during its military campaign in Ukraine. According to multiple reports, Ukraine's Azov Battalion contains fighters with openly Neo-Nazi views.