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Google Translate generated some rather embarrassing mistranslations earlier this week.
For around 24 hours, for users translating from Ukrainian to Russian, the word “Russia” became “Mordor” – the volcanic, evil area from the Lord of the Rings fantasy trilogy.
Furthermore, the word “Russians” became “occupiers”, and “Sergei Lavrov” the Russian Foreign Minister became “sad little horse”.
The mistranslations come at a time of high tension between Russia and Ukraine, after Russia annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
Google released a statement saying that the mistranslations were automatically generated and explained that its translation algorithm was “complex” and could make mistakes.
It has since corrected the translations.