The Ukrainian flag hangs upside down behind US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley. Photo/twitter
The chaos is not the first time high-level politicians in Washington have been confused about the country they support.
Austin and Milley hosted a virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a panel of 47 countries willing to supply weapons and other military assistance to Kiev.
When Austin described American efforts to secure much-needed artillery and ammunition systems, coastal defense systems, tanks, and other armored vehicles for Kiev, observers immediately realized something was amiss.
Behind Austin and Milley, four Ukrainian flags hung upside down, with yellow at the top instead of blue.
Presumably that’s the job of the Pentagon staff. It was not the first time that Ukraine’s supporters had been careless in waving their trademark flag.