Ukrainian Journalist Calls Putin 'Hitler' During NATO Press Briefing: Video

A video that showed the moment a Ukrainian journalist referred to Vladimir Putin as "Hitler" during a NATO press briefing on Thursday has gone viral.

The clip was posted to Reddit's "Interesting As F**k" forum on Thursday by u/mrdaweeeed and has so far received more than 14,000 upvotes. The slip was reportedly accidental. However, the journalist wouldn't be the first in recent days to compare—intentionally or not—the Russian president with the former Nazi leader.

Thursday's press briefing was held by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in regard to the recent Russian attack on Ukraine. In his address, he condemned the attack and vowed that NATO would "do whatever is necessary to shield the Alliance from aggression," according to a transcription of the briefing found on NATO's website.

Ukraine, however, is not a member country, which means NATO won't "launch any military action in support of Ukraine," ABC News reported. That being said, some of NATO's member countries have committed to "supplying arms, ammunition and other equipment to Ukraine" to help the country defend itself against Russia.

Still, Ukrainian journalist Iryna Somer wanted to know how NATO intended to push back against Putin in light of the recent attack, so she asked about an "anti-Putin coalition." In doing so, however, she made her now-viral Freudian slip.

"Secretary General, we all know that NATO will not fight for Ukraine. But don't you think it's time for NATO to build anti-Hitler sorry, anti-Putin coalition? Thank you," she asked.

The viral video clip ended before Stoltenberg's response. But according to the briefing's transcription, Stoltenberg told Somer: "NATO stands in solidarity with Ukraine and NATO allies are imposing severe costs on Russia for the reckless invasion of Ukraine.

"NATO allies, in close coordination with the European Union and other partners all over the world, are now imposing severe economic sanctions on Russia," he continued.

"We continue to stand together, condemning the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine and Allies stand together also in sending a message that we will never accept the brutal violation of international law that we see taking place as Russia now invades Ukraine."

As previously stated, Somer isn't the first to compare Putin to Hitler. The New York Post reported Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, "likened Putin sending Russian 'peacekeeping' troops into separatist-held areas of Ukraine on Monday to the Nazi takeover of Czechoslovakia prior to World War II."

"This is a very evil move on the part of Vladimir Putin," Pelosi said, according to the paper. "You cannot ignore what Putin is doing. And nobody is of course ignoring it—but you cannot take it any lighter than what it is: a total assault on democracy."

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A video that shows the moment a Ukrainian journalist referred to Vladimir Putin as “Hitler” during a NATO press briefing on Thursday has gone viral. LUDOVIC MARIN / Contributor/Getty