FORMER Strictly Come Dancing pro Kristina Rihanoff has been slammed by fans for sharing an “insensitive” tweet amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The 44-year-old, who hails from Russia, appeared to show support for Putin as she posted a caricature taking aim at the leaders of the West.
The controversial image shows Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau with blood on their hands while standing on a pile of dead bodies.
Johnson is seen with a glass of wine in his hands, while Trudeau has a black face – referencing their past controversies and Biden is pointing, with a speech bubble that reads “Russian man bad”.
Retweeting the post, Kristina – whose partner is rugby star Ben Cohen – wrote: “Don’t even have to say anything – pure genius.”
Her followers were very shocked, with many vowing to unfollow and report her.
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One person wrote: “Reported. This is so offensive”, while another asked: “Wow! Really?!!”
Someone else replied: “Doesn’t even compare !! Think of those innocent families loosing their loved ones UNFOLLOWED.”
Another tweeted: “This is extremely insensitive and in bad taste.”
As a further person explained their anger writing: “A sovereign, democratic country has been invaded by a fascist dictator, innocent people are being slaughtered and forced from their homes, and rather than condemn it, you post this. What a piece of work you are. You've committed career suicide.”
Death toll rising
Kristina’s comments come as Vladamir Putin has put Russia's nuclear forces on alert as he is reportedly prepared to lose 50,000 troops to capture Ukraine.
The Russian tyrant is said to be "furious" that his forces have not been able to subdue the Ukrainians and blamed the West's sanctions for the move.
The grim prediction comes as the Russian Ministry of Health is preparing for a massive medical emergency.
Officials are looking for doctors with a number of specialisms from across Russia to come forward, according to ITN.
The official Ukraine death toll stands at 198, including three children.
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And at least 17 of those were civilians, killed in a blast after four days of fighting.
Freedom fighters from around the world have been invited to join Ukraine’s army today as Ukranian troops and civilians scramble to beat off the Russian invaders.
Growing up in Russia
Kristina grew up in Vladivostok in Russia and found fame on Strictly when she joined in 2008.
She was a regular on the show until 2015 and now has a daughter with Ben Cohen after meeting on the show.
Kristina previously told how Russians were "groomed to succeed" in the Soviet era.
She previously told Radio 4: "My aunt for example, she has two teenagers who are now 16 and 17, they didn't grow up in that environment, they have a different mentality.
"They still have quite a lot of Russian mentality to succeed, to be good to your family, to get good grades in school but it's much more relaxed because they are not as driven because they have much more now than we had.
"We didn't have big cinemas to go and watch American blockbusters, we read books, we read classics, we would have to work hard to get some kind of approval or compliment from our teachers, so it was very, very different times."
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