A VILE YouTuber who was filmed swinging his baby daughter around his head in a sickening clip has bizarrely been appointed by Vladimir Putin as a puppet governor in Ukraine.
Kirill Stremousov from Kherson, southern Ukraine, sparked outrage in 2017 when the YouTube clip of him spinning his infant daughter by her legs went viral.
Pro-Russian blogger Stremousov was installed by Putin’s forces as the deputy head of the Kherson administration.
Speaking yesterday, he admitted that plans for a referendum over whether Kherson should secede from Ukraine should be scrapped.
The decision not to hold a referendum, as happened in the pro-Russian breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, implies that even Putin’s stooges know they would lose the vote badly.
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Instead, Stremousov said the “leadership” of Kherson would directly ask Putin to step in.
“The city of Kherson is Russia, there will be no Kherson People’s Republic on the territory of the Kherson region, there will be no referendums,” he told a press conference.
“This will be one single decree based on the appeal of the leadership of the Kherson region to the president of the Russian Federation, and this will include the region inside the Russian Federation,” he was quoted by Russia’s RIA Novosti as saying.
Stremousov has been accused of being a “collaborator” by Ukraine, he is currently wanted by prosecutors for treason, and wanted posters have appeared for him offering a £13,500 reward.
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In the horror 2017 YouTube video of Stremousov, he can be seen swinging his four-month-old daughter Milada around by her legs and arms.
Standing in a wooded area he says he can hear “her bones are popping”.
Adding: “She feels good,” he is then seen swirling the tot around his head ignoring her frightened squeals.
He tells the camera: “Astronauts do this exercise during their trainings.”
At another point, he begins swinging the tot from side to side by one hand while saying: “Now let’s work with shoulders and her grip to make them stronger.”
He then turns her upside down and swings her from side to side by her feet.
Justifying his actions, he said: “Her is blood running faster now. The girl feels good, she is smiling.”
He claimed he was trying to show that his daughter was “at one with nature” by showing off “gymnastics from ancient times”.
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Stremousov added that his daughter was born at home “in a natural way” and said: “Milada has never been vaccinated, she has never taken pills either. She lives in harmony with nature.”
Kherson was the first region conquered by Russia following the invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and has seen relatively little fighting since then.
Although Putin claimed his invasion was a mission to “denazify” Ukraine, not take it over, as the war has dragged on, the Kremlin appears to have dropped this lie.
Ukrainian officials say roughly 40 per cent of the 240,000 people living in Kherson have fled already, and those who have remained have described a fierce attempted takeover by the Russians.
This includes harsh repressions on Ukrainians, pro-Russian informers, and the introduction of a Russian curriculum, currency, and flag.
Multiple reports have filtered through of Russian soldiers raping Ukrainian women and looting houses.
It isn’t clear whether the Kremlin will go through with the annexation of Kherson, as it did in Crimea in 2014, or whether it is just using it as a threat.
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If Putin does seize the territory, it would likely make any peace agreement almost impossible.
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has said that any negotiations are dependent on Russia withdrawing to their pre-war positions.
In a further sign that Russia’s annexation of Kherson is deeply unpopular, leaflets calling for Stremousov’s head have appeared in the city.
Local newspaper MOST claims that a bounty of 500,000 Ukrainian hryvnias (equivalent to around £13,500), has been offered for the assassination of Stremousov.
An adviser to President Zelensky also said any Ukrainians who collaborated with Russia would be prosecuted after the war.
“The occupiers may request to join Mars or Jupiter. The Ukrainian army will liberate Kherson, no matter what word games the occupiers may invent,” Mykhailo Podoliak wrote on his Twitter.
Ukrainians accused of helping Russia have faced hefty punishments since the start of the war.
In a dramatic Sun exclusive earlier this week, Ukraine’s special forces were filmed as they swooped on a suspected collaborator accused of betraying her country.
The Sun joined a squad of elite Alpha Force troops and secret intelligence agents to nab a village leader accused of high treason.
They screeched into bomb-scarred Kutuzivka, in rural Kharkiv province, in an unmarked civilian car after it was liberated by Ukraine’s armed forces.
It was part of a nationwide blitz on traitors and turncoats accused of helping Russian invaders.
Nadiya Antonova, secretary of the local council, was accused of revealing the names of soldiers, police and counter-terrorism specialists who would have formed the backbone of local resistance.
She also passed on the identities of hunters and park rangers whose knowledge of the countryside would have made them perfect partisan fighters, prosecutors alleged.
The powerful official was found cowering in the basement of a bombed-out government building when the Alpha troops pinpointed her position, in the countryside outside Kharkiv.
In echoes of World War Two – when Nazi collaborators were rounded up as the Allies advanced across Europe – she was read her rights under martial law and frogmarched past a handful of residents in the almost abandoned village.
As shock turned to anger, she yelled: “Traitor! You think you’ve found a traitor?
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“Shame on you. I was here the whole time. How do you think we lived here?”
She was accused of forcing residents to wear white armbands in a show of support for Russian forces. Russian troops wore white and orange armbands while Ukrainians wore yellow, green and blue.
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