Polyanskiy slams alleged attack on Mariupol hospital as fake
According to Russia's First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, that’s how fake news is born.
Dmitry Polyanskiy, the Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, has revealed that allegations of Russia's targeting of a Mariupol hospital are false.
Today's attack on a hospital in Mariupol, Ukraine, where maternity & children's wards are located, is horrific.— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 9, 2022
Civilians are paying the highest price for a war that has nothing to do with them.
This senseless violence must stop.
End the bloodshed now.
In response to a condemnation statement by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Twitter, describing the "attack" as "horrific" and detailing how civilians were "paying the highest price for a war that has nothing to do with them," Polyanskiy tweeted, "That’s how #Fakenews is born. We warned in our statement back on 7 March that this hospital has been turned into a military object by radicals. Very disturbing that UN spreads this information without verification."
Polyanskiy also reminded Gutteres that Russia had warned in a statement back on March 8 that Mariupol Hospital was turned into "a military object by radicals." Polyansky slammed the UN, calling it "very disturbing" that it would spread this kind of information "without verification".
That’s how #Fakenews is born. We warned in our statement back on 7 March (https://t.co/OpSeejBais) that this hospital has been turned into a military object by radicals. Very disturbing that UN spreads this information without verification #Mariupol #Mariupolhospital https://t.co/99v8avyThS pic.twitter.com/JsHgsv5YfQ— Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) March 9, 2022
Russia's Defense Ministry revealed Monday that Ukrainian nationalists in Mariupol used about 150 civilians as human shields and opened fire on fighters from the Donetsk People's Republic from behind the civilians' backs.
Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed that there is information that the Mariupol authorities are refusing to give residents the opportunity to pass through the humanitarian corridor.
However, militants from the Ukrainian Nazi battalion Azov opened fire on civilians during the evacuation from Mariupol, resulting in the death of two people and the injury of four others, soldiers of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reported on March 7.
Russia declared a ceasefire on March 5 for civilians to evacuate from the cities of Mariupol and Volnovakha, the Russian Defense Ministry stated.
This was met with an attack by the Ukrainian right-extremist Azov Battalion that detonated an explosive device in the city of Mariupol on Saturday, leaving up to 200 people, including women and children, dead under the rubble in the basement, according to Denis Pushilin, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic.