Here's How A Picture Of Potato Salad Led To Irina Shayk Being Accused Of Supporting The Russian Invasion Of Ukraine

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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 model posted a picture of some Olivier salad with the caption, "Russianzz on Wednaday…”

plate of potato salad
Irina Shayk / Via Instagram: @irinashayk

The caption caught the attention of some who claimed that the word "Russianzz" was a reference to the "Z" symbol that has become emblematic of support of Russia's invasion — appearing on Russian military vehicles and in rallies in support of the Kremlin. The pro-war symbol has subsequently even been banned in some German states, citing the criminal code against "incitement to crime of aggression."

the Z on a poster in the street
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Subsequently, some interpreted Irina's story as an endorsement of the war in Ukraine:

As a result, Irina took to her story yesterday to write, "Sometimes a salad is just a salad."

"a salad is just a salad"
Irina Shayk / Via Instagram: @irinashayk

"I promise: No coded messages or political commentary here. Wishing everyone love," she added.

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Back in February, Irina announced that she would be donating to UNICEF and Red Cross Ukraine with the caption, "No To War...Praying for peace."

Well then!