A prominent Russian state TV propagandist has shamelessly accused Ukraine of staging the shopping mall bomb atrocity to secure more military help from the West.
Vladimir Solovyov, known as ‘Putin’s voice’, unashamedly said Ukrainians ‘do the same trick’ when they need additional military help – ‘they start screaming’.
He claimed Kyiv had staged the attack, alleging that a lack of cars at the shopping mall indicated it was almost empty at the time of the bombing.
But in reality, it was a Russian missile strike on the crowded mall in central Ukraine that killed at least 18 people in what G7 leaders branded ‘a war crime’ at a meeting in Germany.
The Amstor shopping mall was blown up on Monday afternoon – during the mall’s busiest hours – while an estimated 1,000 people were inside by what Kyiv says was two Russian AS-4 guided missiles, Soviet-era weapons originally designed to take out US aircraft carriers.
But Solovyov shamelessly claimed that it was all a lie and Ukraine had staged the bombing and killed their own citizens.
Solovyov also mocked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for having ‘no hint of macho’ and taunted him to declare war on Russia.
Vladimir Solovyov, known as ‘Putin’s voice’, unashamedly said Ukrainians ‘do the same trick’ when they need additional military help – ‘they start screaming’
He claimed Kyiv had staged the attack on the shopping mall, alleging that a lack of cars at the shopping mall indicated it was almost empty at the time of the bombing
Smoke rises from the ruins of the Amstor shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, after it was struck by long-range guided missiles that Ukraine says were fired by Russian bombers
Emergency crews worked through the night to extinguish flames that ripped through the complex, warning that the chances of anyone who was trapped survived the blaze are slim
Onlookers gather as the shopping centre is engulfed by flames shortly after it was struck by two Russian guided missiles on Monday, while an estimated 1,000 people were inside
Speaking of the shopping mall bomb atrocity, Solovyov said on the state-owned Russian television channel Russia 1: ‘Ukrainians do the same trick as always when they need additional [military] help.
‘They start screaming – they had Bucha earlier, today they have Kremenchuk.
‘Supposedly a shopping mall. There are supposedly many deaths, though for some reason there were few cars [in the car park].
He added: ‘And there were almost 1,000 [dead]. Then they talked about 100 [dead]. There are no photos. Everything is as usual.’
Images and video from the scene of the mall attack show those injured in the attack laying in hospital beds with bandages around their faces whilst emergency workers were pictured scouring the burnt remains of the shopping centre for survivors.
People wounded during the missile strike on a Ukrainian shopping centre in Kremenchuk are pictured recovering from their wounds in hospital, with many of them suffering from burns
A couple wounded in a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike hold hands in a hospital, amid expectation that the number of people killed will continue to rise
Weeping survivors of the attack embrace each-other outside the devastated building as emergency crews search the ruins, but warn the chances of finding any more survivors is low
Kremenchuk is an industrial city in the centre of Ukraine spanning the Dnipro River, and is more than 100 miles from the closest frontline with Kyiv insisting it contains no military targets
Earlier, Russia claimed that Ukrainian and Western allegations of rape and massacres in Bucha were a stunt to make Putin’s troops appear barbaric.
But satellite images show the dead bodies of 410 civilians lining the streets of Bucha whilst Russian troops were in the Ukrainian town, debunking Russian claims they were placed there after their troops left the area.
Horrific images show many civilians with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed the accusations that Russian troops committed the atrocities as a ‘staged provocation’ but has yet to provide the ’empirical evidence’ he says proves they are not responsible.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN claimed the bombing of a theatre in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol where women and children were sheltering is ‘fake news’.
Vasily Nebenzya denied that Russia had carried out an attack on the theatre where up to 1,000 men, women and children were sheltering.
Images show civilians with bound hands in Bucha on April 4. Pictured: Ira Gavriluk walks next to the corpses of her husband and her brother
Pictured: Bodies of civilians lay in a mass grave in Bucha which was recaptured by the Ukrainian army on April 4
In March, Russia was slammed for peddling ‘fake news’ after claiming a pregnant survivor of the Mariupol hospital bombing was a beauty blogger in makeup.
Nadine Dorries, the UK culture secretary, denounced a tweet by Russia’s London embassy which identified a bloodied patient seen evacuating from Mariupol maternity hospital as ‘Marianna’ – a beauty blogger from the city.
The tweet – which has since been deleted for violating Twitter’s ‘community guidelines’ – claimed the blogger ‘played’ the roles of two victims in photos it said were taken by a ‘propagandist’, who is actually a photographer for respected news wire Associated Press.
Images and video from the scene clearly show several pregnant women taken out of the badly damaged hospital with injuries. Ukraine said three people died in the attack, including a six-year-old girl, while 17 others including hospital staff were wounded.
Meanwhile, Solovyov led a media offensive against Boris Johnson, threatening again to use the Kremlin’s Satan-2 hypersonic nuclear missile against the UK.
In his latest TV diatribe, Solovyov declared: ‘So, Johnson says he’ll deliver tanks [to Ukraine] in August.
‘I’ve got a question: Why are you so timid, Boris? Go on, declare war on Russia…
‘Go on, throw all your giant British army, your planes, your rusty submarines, all your nuclear ammunition – go on, throw them at Russia. The fact is that you are actually scared.’
‘You are sending your [mercenaries], then abandon them in the Donetsk People’s Republic courts,’ Solovyov added, referring to Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner who have been sentenced to death after being caught fighting along side Ukrainian soldiers in Mariupol.
Solovyov continued: ‘What are you scared of Brits? Do you want to declare a war on us? Do! Go on, finally do it!
‘Do it! Pluck up your courage, don’t you want to show how cool you are? Lead your troops, land somewhere…
‘This might give [space chief Dmitry] Rogozin a chance to test his Sarmat [hypersonic missile].
Meanwhile, Solovyov led a media offensive against Boris Johnson, threatening again to use the Kremlin’s Satan-2 hypersonic nuclear missile against the UK. Pictured: Boris Johnson with world leaders at the G7 Summit
Delving back into history, he claimed the British royals had betrayed their Russian cousin Nicholas II in his hour of need after the Bolshevik revolution of 1917.
‘We remember you Brits, when you betrayed Nicholas II and his family,’ he said. ‘Remember that Boris? You seem to like history, don’t you?
‘Ask Liz Truss what you did to the Tsar’s family, how you promised to save them – and betrayed them! But this is your British tradition, to betray, and to be scared.’
Solovyov also mocked Johnson for urging other G7 leaders to show Putin ‘our chest muscles’.
‘Well, that is important for Johnson,’ said the propagandist known as Putin’s Voice. ‘And it is important that when showing his chest muscles he doesn’t step on them accidentally.
‘Because, well… this is what Boris Johnson looks like.’
The camera showed Johnson on a morning run, provoking hilarity among pro-Putin TV pundits.
Solovyov said: ‘This is how he was going for a walk. Well, to be blunt, there is no hint of macho here.’
Another pundit body shames Johnson: ‘This is a special type of macho.’
Solovyov goes on: ‘A new type of macho, gender appropriate. At the same time, he doesn’t change his underwear. These underwear-shorts, he always runs only in them.
‘Apparently, this is his lucky underwear . Today, he went for a run.
‘He was offloaded [from a car] and he immediately started running. As far as I understand, he ran straight into a hotel, so it’s not too far [for him to run]. Perfect run.
‘If you run out of the car and run to the hotel, then it’s perfect. I hope he simply didn’t sell his underwear to get booze.’