Some Ukrainians are with furious with Merkel for ‘cosying up’ to Putin at World Cup and have photoshops to prove it


German Chanellor Angela Merkel is the subject of a ruthless parody in the Ukrainian social media comparing her with Joachim von Ribbentrop for her supposed over-close relations to Moscow and specifically Vladimir Putin.

Pictures are mocking her recent meeting with the Kremlin leader at the World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro, accusing her of being the block to potent EU sanctions against Moscow because of German gas needs.

“Danke, Frau Ribbentrop,” reads one sarcastic message that has gone viral on the Ukrainian web.

Images show her face morphed onto that of von Ribbentrop, a former German ambassador to London, who was co-author with Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov of the notorious Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 23 August 1939…

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