“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.
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.”
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.
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.”