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 :
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 :
LANDCOM Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Major Brian Andries also confirmed that his boss is still very much in Turkey :
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 :
Variants of this FAKE NEWS are now being shared in pro-Russia and pro-CCP websites.
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