Homeland Defender badge found to bear images of Russian tank and machine gun

A scandal has flared up in Ukraine after commemorative badges made to mark the Defender Day and meant to be given to the Ukrainian troops fighting Russian invasion in Donbass were found to bear images of a Russian-made tank and machine gun.

3 December 2015 11:00

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry was quick to release a statement refuting the allegation. It says in the statement that the commemorative badge bears an image of a T-72 tank and a machine gun used by Ukrainian troops. According to the statement, other images the badge bears, such as Ukrainian state symbols, a national flag, an embroidered towel and the Ministry’s sign, make it authentically Ukrainian.

“The badge bears a collective image of a fearless warrior and defender of his homeland. It also features a T-72 tank with its easily recognizable features, such as rollers, caterpillars, a hull and a 125 mm cannon. It is common knowledge that the T-72 tank is in service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces. There is a Special Forces soldier standing next to the tank wearing a Ukrainian uniform and holding a machine gun used by Ukrainian Special Forces and reconnaissance units,” says the statement.