Newsweek reported in March 2022 that an American military veteran named James Vasquez left his Connecticut home to “volunteer on the frontlines in Ukraine” and even “claimed he helped to destroy seven Russian tanks with Ukrainian forces.”
The mainstream media outlet, once owned by the Washington Post, quoted a March 2022 post from Vasquez’ now-deleted Twitter account that read, “Alright. So far, we took out seven Russian tanks, after a long fire fight we took control of the area.”
“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 added.
But Vasquez never actually joined the Ukrainian military, according to Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, a transgender journalist from Las Vegas, Nevada who serves as an enlisted combat medic in the Ukrainian military, according to Ashton-Cirillo’s Twitter account.
“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 on Wednesday.
Conservative figurehead and senior editor for humanevents.com Jack Posobiec shared a screenshot of Ashton-Cirillo’s tweet with his Telegram followers, along with the message, “Newsweek has some explaining to do.”
In another Twitter post, Ashton-Cirillo wrote that Vasquez had “represented himself to the world as a Ukrainian Soldier” and that “He lied.”
In another tweet, Ashton-Cirillo said that “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.”
“James Vasquez is not and has not been in ZSU. @jmvasquez1974 please get help.”