(Video: Fox News)
Following the video of what is reportedly the destruction of a children’s hospital in Mariupol at the hand of Russian bombers and a subsequent denial from Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Fox News’s “The Five” host Jesse Watters went off on the Russian official, claiming Lavrov gives him “CNN vibes.”
It was Geraldo Rivera who pushed Watters into his declaration of “hate” for Lavrov, after Geraldo stated, “Calling us fake news, the Russians are, Lavrov, saying that we staged this, that all this that you are seeing, this video, belies the fact that the Ukrainians did it to themselves and their own children.”
“I’m getting some CNN vibes out of that guy,” Watters responded. “He’s a real pig, that animal, Lavrov. I hate that guy. God!”
The CNN jab was, no doubt, a reference to CNN’s decision to pull its network from Russia after Moscow announced that spreaders of “fake news” could face up to 15 years behind bars in Russia.
For Watters, the bombing of the hospital represented a global line crossed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Yesterday, Putin became officially, in the eyes of the world, a ‘war criminal,'” Watters said. “The world was rattled yesterday. Yesterday was very, very significant day, the attack on that hospital. And the Chinese have to be thinking to themselves, ‘I can’t be in the same room with this man.’ And every country has to decide: can they align themselves with this monster? Because if you get a few more attacks like that on hospitals — on women and children, women are giving birth in basements — you’re going to have a no-fly zone.”
“Putin is very, very close to inviting, you know, an international coalition and to stop this from happening,” Watters continued. “There’s black markets for vegetables in Mariupol. They are boiling snow for water. There’s no more medicine left. They looted the pharmacy. People can’t eat. They can’t drink. It is disgusting. They are burying bodies without ceremony. Just pushing them into ditches, freshly-dug ditches.”
“This can’t last that much longer,” Watters exclaimed. “I swear you’re going to see a huge revolt among the international community pretty soon.”
Following reports Wednesday that Russian aircraft had struck a children’s hospital in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of genocide, according to Reuters.
In a televised message late Wednesday night, Zelenskyy asked, “What kind of country is this, the Russian Federation, which is afraid of hospitals, is afraid of maternity hospitals, and destroys them?”
Zelenskyy stated that the bombing in Mariupol was “proof that a genocide of Ukrainians is taking place.”
Lavrov denied not only that Russia attacked a children’s hospital — which he claims Ukraine used to shield radicals — but that Russia attacked Ukraine full stop.
Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, denies that his country has attacked Ukraine. He later accused Ukraine of using a children's hospital as a base for radicals. This is much more than cowardly nerve, typical of communism..!
It is criminal propaganda.
— MARCELUS PRETORIUS (@Medf72) March 11, 2022
Accusations of “propaganda” are now flying from every direction on social media, as are calls for a Nuremberg reboot.
“As Predicted,” tweeted one user, “The Russian FM Lavrov denies that there were any women or children in the hospital in Mariupol & that it was the Azov Battalion in the hospital. Listening to these lies is actually painful.”
The Russian FM Lavrov denies that there were any women or children in the hospital in Mariupol & that it was the Azov Battalion in the hospital.
Listening to these lies is actually painful.
For everyone in Ukraine 💔#IStandWithUkraine️ pic.twitter.com/0uZotS4O6D
— David Brookfield (@DMBrookfield) March 10, 2022
Meanwhile, pictures of Marianna, a pregnant woman allegedly seen fleeing Mariupol’s bombed-out hospital, have come under intense internet scrutiny.
#WATCH | The pictures of Marianna – a pregnant woman from Mariupol's bombed hospital in #Ukraine.
Before and after Russia's attack.
The Russia government accused her yesterday of being a 'propaganda actress'. The tweets were deleted by Twitter.
Via @KSergatskova pic.twitter.com/RTQ0w2Lu06
— El American (@ElAmerican_) March 11, 2022
One journalist called Lavrov’s claim that the aftermath of the hospital bombing was staged “obscene.”
This is how the Russian Embassy in London has responded to the bombing of the maternity hospital in Mariupol. Utterly obscene. pic.twitter.com/l4Udc1SmM0
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) March 10, 2022
But according to one internet sleuth, you should first look at all the evidence and then, “think for yourself.”
#fakenews regarding "Russian attack" were actively disseminated by the Western politicians, digital platforms and mainstream media, while voices debunking the fakes were suppressed and eradicate (including Russian Embassies' tweets being blocked and deleted).#Think4Yourself
— Leonardo Ragram (@LeonardoRagram) March 11, 2022
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