“Generally a salad is only a salad.”

Irina Shayk responded to claims she was cryptically supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine with an Instagram story of potato salad.


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On Wednesday, the Soviet-born mannequin posted an image of some Olivier salad with the caption, “Russianzz on Wednaday…”

The caption caught the eye of some who claimed that the phrase “Russianzz” was a reference to the “Z” image that has become emblematic of help of Russia’s invasion — showing on Russian navy autos and in rallies in support of the Kremlin. The professional-war image has subsequently even been banned in some German states, citing the felony code towards “incitement to crime of aggression.”


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Subsequently, some interpreted Irina’s story as an endorsement of the conflict in Ukraine:

Consequently, yesterday Irina took to her story to put in writing, “Generally a salad is only a salad.”

“I promise: No coded messages or political commentary right here. Wishing everybody love,” she added.


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Again in February, Irina introduced that she could be donating to Unicef and Crimson Cross Ukraine with the caption, “No To Battle…Praying for peace.”

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