“You think we’re all stupid, don’t you?” – Russian ambassador is being challenged for denying Russian atrocities in Ukraine


Drivetime’s Sarah McInernery has accused Russian Ambassador Yuri Filatov of “fooling” the Irish public by repeatedly claiming that Russian atrocities in Ukraine are being carried out by Ukrainian forces.

In an irritated interview on RTÉ program tonight, the Russian ambassador denied that Russian forces were responsible for civilian casualties in cities like Bucha, Mariupol and Kramatorsk.

Mr. Filatov also argued that in some cases, Western media and Ukrainian officials colluded and staged footage showing war crimes.

Ms McInernery told Mr Filatov that independent journalists confirmed that a Russian airstrike on a Mariupol maternity hospital resulted in civilian casualties, including the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

However, Mr Filatov said he was aware of the woman and “after that she gave birth”. He said an image showing the woman being taken away on a stretcher was “staged” and it showed a “Ukrainian model”.

“It’s very difficult and offensive for our audience to listen to you,” Ms. McInenery said.

“You think we’re all stupid, don’t you? Because what appears to be your claim, and what appears to be Russia’s claim, is that Russia invaded Ukraine and in response Ukrainians began killing one another at random, raping one another, their own citizens, in the attempt to pin these crimes on Russia… The whole world is caught up in this big lie, says Russia?”

In response, Mr Filatov said he was offering a “different point of view” and that it wasn’t right to “hate the messenger”.

In the weeks leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Mr Filatov repeatedly denied that Russia would attack its neighbor. Speaking today, he said he still “signs” what he said then, but there is a “possibility” he “doesn’t know all the circumstances”.

“It is not necessarily the case that all ambassadors are consulted in very difficult and changing situations,” he said.

“At no point in my life or career has anyone questioned my personal integrity and I will not accept that now.”

Mr Fliatov said he understood why some people in Ireland were unhappy with the images emerging from Ukraine, but again claimed they were wrong.

“I understand you [Irish public]and I pity them because they are [images] the objects of propaganda warfare,” he said.

He added that the Russian embassy in Ireland has received communications and letters from members of the Irish public who are also “thinking outside the box” and “questioning the high moral ground that blames Russia for everything”.

After the interview, Ms. McInerney said: “Mr. Filatov made a number of claims in this interview about Mariupol, Kramatorsk and elsewhere, which have been investigated and dismissed by several independent analysts.” “You think we’re all stupid, don’t you?” – Russian ambassador is being challenged for denying Russian atrocities in Ukraine

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