Pro-Kremlin Spin Doctor Solovyov brags about Mariupol visit

Pro-Kremlin TV host Vladimir Solovyov visited the beleaguered Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, he said in a YouTube broadcast on Tuesday.

Solovyov was pictured at a metallurgical plant in Mariupol alongside Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). In the photo, the state TV presenter can be seen dressed in military fatigues – with no indication that he is part of the press – next to Pushilin, who is dressed in civilian clothes.

Footage posted to Solovyov’s Telegram channel shows him meeting a group of local residents.

“The main question they asked me,” he said, “was, ‘but you’re not leaving, are you?'” he mentioned on his Solovyov Live show on YouTube.

Meanwhile, in the studio, Solovyov showed off a British NLAW anti-tank missile launcher he claimed to have brought from Mariupol.

Solovyov appeared in the studio the same day he announced his arrival in Mariupol, sparking widespread skepticism.

“How long was he there, less than a day?” TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak noticed.

Russian forces bombarded Mariupol in a devastating two-month siege which its mayor, Mayor Vadym Boichenko, claimed resulted in the death of 21,000 civilians.

Solovyov, who is described by critics as the Kremlin’s main propagandist, fell under Western sanctions imposed following the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Last month, Russia’s FSB said it had foiled an alleged assassination attempt on the TV host which it said was organized by Ukraine’s security services.

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