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Russian supermodel Irina Shayk is accused of ‘supporting Putin’s war’ by ‘using his Z symbol’

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Supermodel Irina Shayk, 36, is at the center of a social media storm after she is accused of “supporting Putin’s war” by using his “Z” symbol on Instagram.

She captioned a photo of a traditional Olivier salad with the phrase “Russianzz on Wednesday,” sparking outrage among Ukrainians and others.

The anger came a day after Putin’s forces fired a Kalibr missile into the busy city center of Vinnytsia yesterday, killing 23 people, including three children.

Social media users recalled that the Russian-born star and ex-fiancée of Hollywood star Bradley Cooper had previously posed with a book featuring Vladimir Putin’s image.

The story with the photo of the salad – a Russian specialty – disappeared after 24 hours and Shayk did not respond to the hostile reaction.

But netizens recalled posing with a picture of Putin in April 2020, an image that has also disappeared from her account.

Supermodel Irina Shayk, 36, is at the center of a social media storm after she is accused of ‘supporting Putin’s war’ by using his ‘Z’ symbol on Instagram and posting a story with the caption ‘ Russianzz on Wednaday(sic)’

The story with the photo of the salad - a Russian specialty, which caused outrage from Ukrainians and others, disappeared after 24 hours, and Shayk did not comment on the hostile reaction

The story with the photo of the salad – a Russian specialty, which caused outrage from Ukrainians and others, disappeared after 24 hours, and Shayk did not comment on the hostile reaction

Netizens recalled posing with a picture of Putin in April 2020, an image that has also disappeared from her account

Netizens recalled posing with a picture of Putin in April 2020, an image that has also disappeared from her account

Ukrainian journalist Maria Romanenko called on sponsors to reconsider working with her over the post.

She posted on Twitter: ‘Irina Shayk, a world famous model from Russia who has recently worked for @Beyonce, Jean Paul Gaultier, @Burberry and others, posted a weird cryptic story on Instagram with the word ‘Russianzz’.

“I really hope these brands reconsider working with her if Russia uses Z to kill Ukrainians.”

‘You should be banned in’ [the] civilized world while supporting Russian terrorism against the Ukrainian people! Stay in Russia forever and forget the US and Europe – hypocrisy,” wrote one critic.

‘I can not imagine it! How you support them after all the deaths caused by Russia and write Z…’ wrote another.

Considered by some to be the equivalent of the swastika, the Z sign is widely used by Putin’s forces, as well as in pro-Russian propaganda.

Another hostile comment was: “Hopefully one day you will feel like people from Ukraine who have lost their children.”

Another pleaded: “@nk9.6.1 @burberry @louisvuitton @balenciaga @chaneloffial @supremenwyork @boss @versace @intimissimiofficial please pay attention to who you work with.”

Firefighters work with rescuers, military and police at the site of the Russian missile attack in downtown Vinnytsia

Firefighters work with rescuers, military and police at the site of the Russian missile attack in downtown Vinnytsia

Emergency services work next to a damaged building at the site of a Russian military attack as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Vinnytsia

Emergency services work next to a damaged building at the site of a Russian military attack as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Vinnytsia

Shayk was accused of being a “supporter of the terrorist state of Ruzzia and genocide of Ukrainians.”

Another commentator labeled her a ‘Putin supporter’ and asked: ‘@victoriassecret how does it feel to partner with a Russian fascist who supports Russia’s genocidal war against Ukraine?’

Many comments related to the Vinnytsia massacre, when Putin’s forces fired a Kalibr missile into the busy city center yesterday, killing 23, including three children.

The missile, launched from a submarine in the Black Sea, crashed into Vinnytsia around 10:50 a.m. local time, injuring at least 100 people.

Footage shows the moment of impact as cyclists and pedestrians went about their day when the destructive force of the blast suddenly blew them off their bikes, while others cringed and fell to the ground for their safety.

Irina Shayk's most recent modeling job — and arguably her last — this week was for Beyoncé's new Ivy Park 'Ivytopia' collection.

Irina Shayk’s most recent modeling job — and arguably her last — this week was for Beyoncé’s new Ivy Park ‘Ivytopia’ collection.

Irina is the ex-fiancée of Bradley Cooper (R, picture 2) after she amicably ended their four-year relationship in 2019, pictured at the 91st annual Academy Awards in 2019

Irina is the ex-fiancée of Bradley Cooper (R, picture 2) after she amicably ended their four-year relationship in 2019, pictured at the 91st annual Academy Awards in 2019

Terrorist people are running to escape the strike unleashed on the city of 370,000 people in the center of the country, far from Donbas’s frontline.

An outraged commentator asked Shayk, ‘Have you seen those pictures of? [the] Vinnytsia bombing?

“Did you see those little bloody bodies from being killed by your Z army kids, the age your daughter might be?

‘Are you proud, Mrs. Shaykhlislamova?

“I will never touch brands you promote, and neither will my friends.

“We should boycott any company that works with this monster.”

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