Russian ambassador to UN denies Putin’s forces bombed Mariupol theatre as he hits out at ‘so many fakes’

The wrecked theatre in Mariupol – Sky News

The Kremlin’s ambassador to the United Nations has told Sky News that a theatre destroyed in Mariupol was not bombed by Russia.

Some survivors have reportedly been pulled from the rubble by rescue teams following Wednesday’s airstrike which Ukrainian officials said was carried out by President Putin’s forces.

Up to 1,000 men, women and civilian were thought to have been sheltering in the basement of the theatre for safety and the words ‘children’ were reportedly displayed in large letters at the site prior to the attack.

But the Russian ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, denied his country played any part in the incident and said there was “an information war taking place on a larger scale than the battlefield”.

Mr Nebenzya added: “I have seen so many fakes. We have this information war which is raging on a much greater scale than on the battlefield, and I will not be surprised at anything because who wins the information war – the one who wins the war.”

Speaking earlier at the UN Security Council, he claimed people who had left Mariupol said on 13 March that the Azov Battalion, a far-right Ukrainian militia, had been holding a “huge number of people” in the building and was “preparing a bloody provocation”.

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