Newsweek Peddles Fake News About U.S. Veteran Destroying 7 Russian Tanks in Ukraine — Report

Transgender journalist who joined Ukrainian army last year reports veteran confirmed he never fought in Ukraine.

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Newsweek ran a story last year about a U.S. veteran boasting about “taking out” seven Russian tanks in Ukraine.

From Newsweek’s March 2022 story, “American in Ukraine Says He’s Taken Out 7 Russian Tanks: ‘Long Day, Baby’“:

An American military veteran who left his home in Connecticut to volunteer on the frontlines in Ukraine claimed he helped to destroy seven Russian tanks with Ukrainian forces.

“Alright. So far, we took out seven Russian tanks, after a long fire fight we took control of the area,” James Vasquez, a U.S. army veteran and building contractor, said in a video shared on his Twitter page.

“Right now we’re going to just kind of sweep around and see what we got left. Some stragglers, take them out, call it a day, it’s been a long day. It’s been a long day baby,” he said.

But it turns out, Vasquez was never a soldier for Ukraine, according to transgender journalist Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, who joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine last year.

“I won’t release private texts but @jmvasquez1974 just confirmed to me in writing that he does not and has not had a contract with the Armed Forces of Ukraine. James Vasquez is not a soldier in Ukraine,” Ashton-Cirillo tweeted Wednesday.

“As a soldier in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who has to live by the rules of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who has fought and fights at the front for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, I’m done w/ lies,” he continued. “James Vasquez is not and has not been in ZSU. @jmvasquez1974 please get help.”

Human Events editor Jack Posobiec also claimed to have obtained “literal receipts” showing Vasquez mostly spent his time in Ukraine drinking at the Grand Hotel Lviv Casino & Spa.

At the time, former Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) promoted Vasquez and the Newsweek propaganda.

Vasquez ended up deleting his Twitter account, citing “negative people.”

As we’ve reported, the Ukraine conflict has been a bevy of fake news, propaganda, and psychological operations.

Newsweek has not clarified, corrected, or retracted any element of its story since this new development broke on Wednesday.

Infowars reached out to Newsweek for comment and will update this article if a response is provided.

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