Steven Seagal spotted serving as Russian spokesperson in Ukraine
The has-been action star has been a Russian citizen since 2016.
August 10, 2022 6:23pm
Updated: August 11, 2022 1:29pm
Former actor Steven Seagal was recently filmed defending the Russian military while standing among the wreckage of a separatist-controlled prison in Olenivka which housed hundreds of Ukrainian POWs before a mysterious explosion on July 29, according to reports.
Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the blast, reports The Washington Post. Russian officials said at least 50 people died but have barred independent investigators from reaching the site.
In a video posted to Russian news site TVZVEZDA, Seagal, who is identified as a special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Relations between Russia and the U.S., accuses Ukrainian forces of using U.S.-provided HIMARS precision rockets to level the prison.
“It definitely looks like a rocket,” said Seagal, according to the Military Times. “If you look at the burning and other details, of course it’s not a bomb. Not to mention the fact that Russia really has a lot of artifacts from HIMARS. This is where HIMARS hit, 50 people were killed, another 70 were injured.”
Part of the recent U.S. military aide package to Ukraine, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System’s long range has let Ukrainian forces wreak havoc on Russian logistics nestled far behind the front lines.
The Biden administration had resisted Ukrainian requests for the advanced missile systems over concerns could be used against targets in Russia, which may pull the United States into the conflict.
The faded movie star suggested the attack was ordered by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to silence a “Nazi” being held at Olenivka.
“The interesting thing is that one of the killed Nazis is a Nazi who just started talking a lot about Zelensky,” Seagal added, “and that Zelensky is responsible for the orders about torture and other atrocities that violate not only the Geneva War Convention, but are also crimes against humanity.”
However, The Washington Posts cited multiple experts who said images of the destroyed building appear inconsistent with a HIMARS-launched attack.
Analyst Oliver Alexander matched the background of the Seagal video to photos from a BBC report on the incident but questioned the handling of the “definitive evidence of Ukrainian HIMARS strike” on Twitter.
“[That’s] not how I would expect this ‘smoking gun’ evidence to be handled if Russia, 1. believed it was actual evidence and 2. had any intention of letting UN investigators to the site,” Alexander told the Military Times.
The has-been action star has grown close to Russia in recent years, helping broker a U.S. Congressional delegation’s trip to Russian in 2013. He defended the annexation of Crimea back in 2014 and was given a Russian passport in 2016 .
In April, Seagal celebrated his 70th birthday with Putin allies, including two placed on the EU sanctions list in response to the invasion of Ukraine.