Hollywood star Steven Seagal pushed Kremlin propaganda on a visit this week to the Donbas area in jap Ukraine, claiming that US-supplied HIMARS rockets prompted the blast final month that killed greater than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of battle.
The “Beneath Siege” star, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and supported Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, was seen in a video visiting Olenivka Jail — the location of the July 29 strike that left 53 jailed POWs lifeless and no less than 75 others injured.
“That is the place HIMARS hit, 50 folks have been killed, one other 70 have been injured,” Seagal mentioned in a video posted to the pro-Kremlin Russian information web site TVZVEZDA on Tuesday,
“It positively appears to be like like a rocket. In case you have a look at the burning and different particulars, after all, it’s not a bomb. To not point out the truth that Russia actually has quite a lot of artifacts from HIMARS.”
Within the video, the “Above the Regulation” star was recognized as a Particular Consultant of the Ministry of International Affairs of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Relations between Russia.
Talking in English, Seagal known as the slain prisoners of battle “Nazis,” and advised with none proof that the location was destroyed on the orders of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to silence one of many inmates.
“The fascinating factor is that one of many killed Nazis is a Nazi who simply began speaking quite a bit about Zelensky,” Seagal says within the video, “and that Zelensky is answerable for the orders about torture and different atrocities that violate not solely the Geneva Battle Conference, however are additionally crimes in opposition to humanity.”
The temporary video additionally confirmed Seagal making a present of holding purported proof, and standing subsequent to jail bars throughout from jailed Ukrainian combatants.
Russia has accused Ukraine’s navy of shelling the jail with American-supplied HIMARS — a declare Kyiv has vehemently denied, in flip accusing Kremlin of finishing up the strike to cowl up the homicide and torture of inmates.
Russian state TV’s chief propagandist Vladimir Solovyev — dubbed “Putin’s voice” — wrote on his Telegram channel that Seagal “personally examined the proof, together with fragment of American rockets, that show Kyiv’s connection to the mass homicide of their very own troopers.”
Solovyev mentioned the film star additionally met with Ukrainian POWs, together with members of the Azov Battalion who surrendered after defending Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol for 2 months.
In the meantime, Denis Pushilin, the chief of the Kremlin-backed Donetsk Folks’s Republic, introduced on his Telegram channel that Seagal was making a documentary “to vary the notion on this battle.”
“Steven famous that 98% of those that discuss in regards to the battle within the media have by no means been right here. That’s the reason the world doesn’t know the reality,” Pushilin acknowledged.
Seagal’s journey to Donbas and his unsubstantiated claims in regards to the alleged use of HIMARS within the assault on the jail come simply days after US intelligence officers warned that Russia was seeking to plant fabricated proof to make it seem to be Ukrainians have been answerable for the carnage at Olenivka.
“We anticipate that Russian officers will attempt to body the Ukrainian Armed Forces in anticipation of journalists and potential investigators visiting the location of the assault,” White Home Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby informed reporters final week.
Kirby added that Russians would possibly even plant ammunition from precise HIMARS rockets as proof that the US-supplied techniques have been used within the blast.
Individually, a Western authorities official mentioned explosive specialists who’ve reviewed pictures of the jail following the incident have decided that the destruction wasn’t possible brought on by “a high-explosive strike from the surface” and that it was “more likely to be incendiary and from inside the placement.”
The intelligence arm of the Ukrainian protection ministry claimed to have proof that native Kremlin-backed separatists colluded with the Russian FSB and mercenary group Wagner to mine the barrack earlier than “utilizing a flammable substance, which led to the fast unfold of fireside within the room.”
The Worldwide Purple Cross, which is answerable for the well-being of POWs on the Olenivka jail, has but to be given entry to the location of the assault.
Final week, UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres mentioned he’ll launch a fact-finding mission into the incident.
With Publish Wires