Did Russian forces just capture US general Roger Cloutier in the besieged Azovstal steel plant?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Russia Captured US General Roger Cloutier In Azovstal!
People are claiming that Russia just captured US general Roger L. Cloutier at the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukraine.
This is sometimes mentioned as part of the Azovstal NATO headquarters story, or separately like these examples :
The rumours going around that a US Major General Roger L. Cloutier has been captured by Russian army at Azovstal in Mariupol. It would be within the Russians’ right to execute this officer as nothing more than a common criminal. Not kidding. Legally by all laws.
The Russian army captured the US Major General Roger L. Cloutier Jr., the US Africa Command HQ Chief of Staff in the besieged Ukrainian Azov camp in Mariupol. The Pentagon wanted to contact Putin.
Truth : Russia Did NOT Capture US General Roger Cloutier At All!
The truth is – this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and shared by pro-Russia activists, as well as the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).
Fact #1 : Roger Cloutier Is A Lieutenant General
First of all, Roger L. Cloutier holds the rank of a Lieutenant General (O-9), and is a three-star general officer.
He is not a Major General (O-8), which is a two-star general officer rank.
Fact #2 : Roger Cloutier Heads NATO Allied Land Command
Secondly, Lt. General Cloutier is not the Chief of Staff for US Africa Command.
He has been the Command of the NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) in Izmir, Turkey, for the last 1.5 years – since August 2020.
Fact #3 : General Cloutier Appeared On 14 April 2022
Two weeks after these claims started circulating amongst pro-Russian and pro-CCP (Chinese Communist Party) groups, Lt. General Cloutier posted a video on 14 April 2022.
It showed him greeting the commander of the NATO Multinational Corps (South East), Major General Dragoş-Dumitru Iacob at the LANDCOM headquarters.
Fact #4 : NATO Confirmed That It’s Fake News
NATO has described the viral news as “completely fake news”, and confirmed that :
LTG Cloutier has NOT been captured and is currently with his command in Izmir.
LANDCOM Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Major Brian Andries also confirmed that his boss is still very much in Turkey :
These rumors are completely false. Our commander is currently commanding NATO Allied Land Command in Izmir, Turkey, and has not been to Ukraine since the Land Staff Talks we conducted in July of 2021. While NATO nations are sending financial and military aid to Ukraine, no NATO soldiers or leaders are deployed to the country.
Fact #5 : There Are No NATO Forces In Ukraine
Allied Land Command told BBC reporter Alistair Coleman that “there are no NATO forces or leaders in Ukraine in any capacity“.
Major Brian Andries from LANDCOM also pointed out that that Cloutier was last in Ukraine in July 2021, and photos from that visit was used to “prove” the fake news :
Photos from this event have been used as proof as recent visit to Ukraine which never occurred. No NATO forces are in Ukraine, let alone a United States Army three-star general.
Variants of this FAKE NEWS are now being shared in pro-Russia and pro-CCP websites.
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