A FORMER Ukrainian intelligence officer who defected to Russia was today blown up in a car bomb assassination bid in Moscow.

Dramatic video showed the moment Vasily Prozorov’s SUV exploded, leaving the controversial colonel with arm and leg wounds.

Former Lt Colonel of the SBU Vasily Prozorov suffered arm and leg wounds in the attack

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Former Lt Colonel of the SBU Vasily Prozorov suffered arm and leg wounds in the attackCredit: East2West
Prozorov's SUV was left completely mangled, with a side door curled up from the bottom and detached from the body of the car

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Prozorov’s SUV was left completely mangled, with a side door curled up from the bottom and detached from the body of the carCredit: East2West
A man walks in the vicinity of the explosion

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A man walks in the vicinity of the explosionCredit: East2West
Prozorov is taken to hospital for treatment

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Prozorov is taken to hospital for treatmentCredit: East2West

He miraculously survived the attack and is being treated in hospital.

Moments before the explosion, the 48-year-old former Lt-Col of the Ukrainian SBU was seen in a video to be walking from his vehicle.

He was then shown to be wounded, sitting in the back of his car being attended to by an unknown man and a woman.

One of his eyes was red-purple in colour.

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Prozorov’s car was left completely mangled following the explosion, with a side door detached from the body of the car, curled up from the bottom.

Many other parts of the SUV lay scattered beneath it.

The colonel reportedly moved to Russia “a few years ago” and has been cooperating with the Russian intelligence service since 2014.

He is considered a traitor in his homeland.

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Prozorov’s life is not understood to be at risk as a result of the injuries he sustained in today’s assassination attempt.

It comes after he told media that Ukraine was to blame for the horror Crocus City Hall concert shootout where 145 people died last month.

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Armed and masked men in camouflage stormed the hall, opening fire and hurling explosives into a crowd, in what is believed to be Russia’s deadliest terrorist attack in 20 years.

Some 6,000 people were inside the venue watching Russian rock band Picnic when the gunmen began their assault.

Prozorov said: “I am absolutely sure that there are Ukrainian fingerprints on what happened at Crocus City Hall.

“It’s a Ukraine-invented pattern of action…

“As for the terrorists’ behaviour, professionals will immediately say that it looks more like a special operation…”

No hard evidence has been produced to suggest Kyiv is responsible for the city hall shootout.

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The West believes it to have been the work of an ISIS affiliate, which Prozorov rejected, claiming it was nothing like terrorist attacks “conducted by Islamic fundamentalists, whose ultimate goal is to die battling infidels”.

He said: “In this case, it was a sabotage operation.”

Prozorov has reportedly been cooperating with the Russian intelligence service since 2014

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Prozorov has reportedly been cooperating with the Russian intelligence service since 2014Credit: East2West
An unknown man and woman help Prozorov in the moments after the attack

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An unknown man and woman help Prozorov in the moments after the attackCredit: East2West
Prozorov's SUV was greatly damaged in the explosion

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Prozorov’s SUV was greatly damaged in the explosionCredit: East2West
Footage shows masked gunmen storming the Crocus City Hall in Moscow

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Footage shows masked gunmen storming the Crocus City Hall in Moscow
'Terrorists' shot victims at point-blank range before fleeing through the basement, according to reports

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‘Terrorists’ shot victims at point-blank range before fleeing through the basement, according to reports

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