Long-time Vladimir Putin supporter and Hollywood action movie legend Steven Seagal has been pictured at a Russian-controlled prison camp where at least 50 Ukrainian inmates were killed last month in a mysterious explosion.
In images shared on Telegram, the 70-year-old from Michigan, US, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, is said to be inspecting Olenivka detention centre.
At least 53 Ukrainian PoWs were killed and around 74 wounded in an explosion there late last month.
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Kyiv has claimed Russia launched the attack to destroy evidence of torture on inmates including those with law enforcement or state security links.
Even still, the actor perhaps best known for his role in the 1992 flick Under Seige, was snapped gazing through prison bars at sullen inmates at the decimated site.
Reports in the east state that Seagal was shooting a documentary aimed at “changing the perception” of the war there, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) announced Tuesday.
“Steven said that 98% of people who are talking about the conflict in media have never been here [in Donbas]. That’s why the world doesn’t know the truth.
"He wants to change the perception of this war,” DNR leader Denis Pushilin wrote on his Telegram channel under a photo with Seagal.
Pro-Kremlin television host Vladimir Solovyov said Seagal “personally examined the evidence — including the pieces of American rockets — that confirm Kyiv’s links to the mass murder of their own soldiers.”
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He added that Seagal asked servicemen from the Azov Battallion, who surrendered at Mariupol's Azovstal steelworks, "uncomfortable questions."
The UN has said it will launch a fact-finding mission at the prison.
Seagal once described fearsome Putin as “one of the greatest living world leaders” while also identifying the Russian president as being “like a brother” to him.
It is believed the pair struck up a friendship because of their passion for martial arts.
Seagal is a 7th-dan black belt in aikido and he became the first foreigner to open an aikido dojo in Japan, while Putin is obsessed with judo.
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