The moment of emotion of the Pentagon spokesman when talking about the atrocities committed by Putin’s troops in Ukraine

An emotional Pentagon spokesman on Friday lashed out at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “depravity” in Ukraineand questioned how a moral person could defend the bombing of hospitals and the summary executions of innocent people.

John Kirbythe former US Navy admiral who has briefed reporters on camera five days a week since the war began on February 24, he momentarily lost his composure while talking about the atrocities committed in Ukraine.

Regardless of whether you agree with this logic, do you agree that Putin is a rational actor?”, asked a journalist. “I’m not a psychologist, I have a degree in History from the University of South Florida,” the spokesman joked earlier.

“I can’t speak to his psychology. But I think we can all talk about the depravity of him.”said.

“It is difficult to see what he is doing in Ukraine, what his forces are doing in Ukraine, and to think that any ethical and moral individual could justify that.”Kirby said hesitantly when asked how the US government assessed the Russian leader’s state of mind.

“It’s hard to watch… Excuse me,” he said excitedly. “It’s hard to look at some of the images and imagine that any serious, mature, well-thought-out leader would do that.”

Kirby, spokesman for the State Department in 2015-2017 and for the Department of Defense since early 2021is known for his fluid, informed and fact-based responses to journalists, as well as for avoiding hyperbole and the discipline not to say more than it is. permitted.

John Kirby, the former US Navy admiral who has briefed reporters on camera five days a week since the war began on February 24 (Alex Brandon/REUTERS)

Since the administration of President Joe Biden determined late last year that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine, Kirby has been the key public messenger on the conflict.

But suddenly he was speechless on Friday, looking somber and sad as he reflected on the two months of war.

He called Putin’s justifications for the invasion, that he is protecting Russians and that Ukraine was a source of Nazism, “BS,” which is short for bullshitan English insult that can be translated as “bullshit” and can be used to accuse someone of being untrue.

“It’s hard to square that rhetoric with what he’s actually doing inside Ukraine to innocent people, shots in the back of the head, hands tied behind their backs, pregnant women killed, hospitals bombed.”said Kirby.

“I mean, it’s just inconceivable and I don’t have the mental capacity to understand how you connect those two things.”

Before the war, Kirby said: “I don’t think we fully appreciated the degree to which (Putin) would apply that kind of violence, cruelty and depravity to innocent people, non-combatants, civilians, with such utter disregard for the lives it was taking,”

He then apologized for the rare display of emotion.

(With information from AFP)

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