Twitter Removes Russian British Embassy Tweets Over Ukraine Denials

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Twitter on Thursday removed two tweets from the Russian embassy in the UK because the social media giant called “the denial of violent events” during the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine.

In one of those tweets, the Russian embassy claimed that a pregnant woman featured in a photo of victims at a children’s hospital in the besieged port city of Mariupol, which was destroyed by a Russian airstrike on Wednesday, was in fact a Ukrainian “beauty blogger,” and suggested that the photo was staged propaganda.

That tweet contained two separate photos of women that the embassy claimed were the same person. Another tweet related to the allegation remained online Thursday after two of the other tweets were removed by Twitter.

“This tweet violated the Twitter Rules,” the link to that tweet later read.

At least one child and two adults were killed in hospital and 17 others injured, Ukrainian officials said. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote in a tweet with a video showing damage at the hospital: “Children lie under the rubble.”

A Twitter spokesperson told CNBC in an email: “We have taken enforcement action against the tweets you referenced for violating the Twitter Rules, particularly ours Hateful Behavior and Abusive Behavior Politics related to denial of violent events.”

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CNBC has reached out to the embassy and a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington for comment.

The Russian embassy in Geneva claimed in a tweet that remains online that the Mariupol hospital was attacked because it was being used as the headquarters of a Ukrainian paramilitary group that fired on the Russian military using “#HumanShields”. The British Embassy of Russia retweeted this post.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday morning Russia’s invasion killed at least 549 civilians in Ukraine, including 41 children.

Another 957 civilians have been injured since the attack began two weeks ago, the bureau said, but noted the actual death toll is believed to be “substantially higher.”

“Most of the recorded civilian casualties were caused by the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact range, including heavy artillery and multiple-missile systems shelling, as well as missile and airstrikes,” the office said.

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