Video of Vitali Klitschko Calling Out Putin's 'Bulls**t' Viewed 7M times

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has hit back at Russian President Vladimir Putin's claims that his troops are only bombing military targets, branding the statement "bulls**t."

As the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine continues to see a rising number of civilian casualties, officials working closely with Putin have claimed that their strikes have only been against the military.

However, in a video shared on Twitter on Wednesday by journalist Chris Reason, of Australia's 7 News Sydney, former boxing champ Klitschko didn't mince his words as he walked through the Ukraine capital's devastated streets.

When Reason asked about Russia's claims of only attacking military targets, the erstwhile sportsman hit back: "Bulls**t! Sorry. Where is [the] military target?"

He then pointed to a damaged building as he rhetorically asked the journalist: "Is this building [a] military target?"

In sharing the video on his Twitter account, Reason said: "Klitschko delivers knockout sound bites that get straight to the point."

The video has been viewed 1.2 million times in the hours since it has been uploaded on the micro-blogging platform.

Russia has called its ongoing invasion of Ukraine a "special operation," adding that its forces do not attack civilian targets.

Last week, Ukrainian authorities said that a March 10 strike on Mariupol children's and maternity hospital killed three people, including a child, and wounded 17.

A Russian official responded to the outrage over the strike by claiming on March 11 that the hospital had been used as a base for radical fighters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the condemnation "pathetic shrieks" from Russia's enemies, adding that the hospital was attacked because far-right radicals had taken it over, according to the Associated Press. Lavrov offered no evidence to back up his claim.

Officials in Ukraine, the European Union and the U.K. called the attack a war crime. Despite the release of photos showing injured pregnant women and children, Russia maintained that civilians were not harmed in the strike.

Mariupol, a port city on the Sea of Azov, has sustained several days of attacks. Should it be captured, the city would create a land passage from Crimea, a Ukrainian region that Russia annexed in 2014.

Last week, a video was widely shared showing a Russian pilot appearing to admit he had been ordered to bomb a civilian target.

The pilot, who gave his name as Maxim Krishtop, said during a press conference streamed by Interfax Ukraine that he carried out his orders before he was shot down and captured by Ukrainian forces on March 6.

Kristhtop, a lieutenant colonel and deputy commander of the 47th Aviation Regiment, said: "In the process of completing the task, I realized that the target was not enemy military facilities, but residential buildings, peaceful people. But I carried out the criminal order."

Last month, Klitschko, who has held his mayoral position since 2014, was asked during a remote appearance on U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain whether he himself intended to join in the fight against invading Russian troops.

"It's already a bloody war," the sportsman-turned-politician said in response. "I don't have another choice, I have to do that. I'll be fighting."

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Vitali Klitschko and Vladimir Putin
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko, left, has called claims by claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, that his troops are not firing on civilian targets in Ukraine "bulls**t." Russia has called its ongoing invasion of Ukraine a "special operation," adding that its forces do not attack civilian targets. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP via Getty Images;/ANDREY GORSHKOV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images