Steven Seagal visited an eastern Ukrainian prison camp that was run by Russian-backed separatists. The camp was attacked by a deadly attack just days before.
The Hollywood action star, aged 70, was seen looking through the bars at the prisoners of War inside the complex.
Later, he was photographed inside the ruined building at Olenivka in Donetsk Oblast.
The detainees included members of the Azov battalion, a far-right group who were captured in Mariupol. This was where Ukrainian forces fought back against Russian troops for many months during World War II.
Seagal’s visit follows more than 50 deaths and many injuries in an incident that occurred at the jail on 29 July.
Russia claimed that the Ukrainian military used US-supplied HIMARS missiles in order to attack a prison located in an area controlled and ruled by the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic.
The armed forces of Ukraine denied responsibility and claimed that Russian artillery had attacked the jail in order to cover the mistreatment of the prisoners.
The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zilenskyy called Russia “a terrorist state”, and claimed that its neighbor had committed war crimes.
The US also claimed that its intelligence had shown Russia was seeking to fabricate evidence to suggest that Ukrainian forces were behind the attack.
Seagal has a close relationship to Russia and has previously called President Vladimir Putin “one of the greatest leaders in the world, if not perhaps the greatest, alive today”.
On Deadly Ground’s star is a skilled martial artist just like Putin. In 2016, he was granted Russian citizenship.
Telegram posted a new video from Under Siege actor. He is apparently in Ukraine to film a documentary on the invasion.
He stated that the structure looked like a rocket or missile from both the inside and outside.
“Look at the beds and other stuff, this is definitely not a bomb. The Russian government also has a lot of HIMARS artifacts.
Denis Pushilin (leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic), was photographed with Seagal. He stated that he “wants to change how people view war”
Telegram broadcast by Mr Pushilin: Steven noted that 98% who speak about conflict in the media are not from here. The truth is not known by the rest of the world.
Reuters footage showed remnants of a burnt-out building, filled with metal beds and charred bodies. Others were positioned on military stretchers or the ground.
Russia gave Seagal the task in 2018 of maintaining good relations with the USA.
The Russian foreign minister made the announcement on Facebook at the time that the actor would serve as its special envoy to America for humanitarian ties.
Seagal was banned from entering Ukraine for five years a year prior, citing national security concerns.
Hollywood stars Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain have all visited Ukraine to support President Zelenskyy. Bono from U2 is also among those who visited.