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Russian TV shows simulation of Britain and Ireland wiped out by a nuke

PoliticsRussian TV shows simulation of Britain and Ireland wiped out by a nuke

Latvia (The Times Groupe)- A Russian propagandist threatened Britain twice with annihilation by nuclear strike on his popular show on Sunday – once by air and once by sea – escalating the war of words against Britain over its pledge to oust Russian forces from Ukraine.

“Why threaten an island of nuclear weapons when there are no horizons?” Kremlin-allied Dmitry Kiselyov asked in a segment he entitled “The Sinkable Island” on Russian state television Sunday morning.

“Just one launch, Boris,” Kiselyov said, referring to the British prime minister. Once and for all. Why play with us?”

As Kiselyov suggested, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had threatened Moscow with a nuclear strike, a claim that is baseless but plays well with the Russian government’s narrative that the country is under attack and faces existential threats.

CIA Director William J. Burns said last month that the United States is not taking lightly Russia’s threats to use tactical or low-yield nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but Western intelligence has not pointed to any concrete evidence of plans to target Kyiv or its allies.

Experts like John Everard, a former UK ambassador to Belarus, have minimized Russia’s ability to wipe out Ireland and Britain with one weapon.

“I would urge everybody just to keep calm. By all means, if you feel strongly about it, make your things clear to the Russians. But can we please remember this is just a television mock-up,” Everard said to RTE. “The Russians do not have” such a weapon.

Incorrectly portraying its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine as self-defense, Moscow’s disinformation campaign has raised alarm in Western capitals over the possibility of laying further false flags to expand its attacks despite a concerted global response.

His comments were directed toward Johnson, who visited Kyiv last month in a show of solidarity, and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who said last week that winning the war is a “strategic imperative” for the West.

“We will continue to push Russia out of the whole of Ukraine,” Truss said at an event in London on Wednesday.

Trump said that the United Kingdom wants Russia to leave not only recently occupied areas of Ukraine, but also large parts of eastern Donbas and Crimea in the south, which Moscow has controlled since 2014. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was shifting the war’s focus to securing Russia’s control of the east.

Kiselyov expressed his displeasure at Britain’s support on Sunday night.

“England is bluffing,” he said on his show, and looking “to deplete Russia” rather than consider “the cost of continuing hostilities for Ukraine and Ukrainians.”

“Simply put, we are ready now,” he warned.

Kiselyov showed an animated graphic of the Sarmat, Russia’s newest nuclear weapon, striking the British Islands and wiping out the United Kingdom.

He said Britain was “so small that a Sarmat missile will drown us once and for all”, without providing proof.

Russia test-launched the RS-28 Sarmat — which NATO dubbed “Satan 2″ — at an event overseen by Putin in April. The Russian president said the Sarmat was meant to “provide food for thought to those who in the heat of frenzied aggressive rhetoric try to threaten our country.” Putin first introduced the missile in his 2018 State of the Nation address, calling it the “next generation” of weaponry that could breach “any missile defense” system.

According to The Washington Post in April, the intercontinental ballistic missile is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, but it is not considered a significant threat to the United States.

Kiselyov then simulated an underwater nuclear-capable drone, the Poseidon drone, which he claimed had a warhead capacity of up to 100 megatons, which he said Russia was developing.

“The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo off the coast of Britain will raise a giant wave up to 500 meters high,” Kiselyov said, without providing evidence. “Such a water squall also carries extreme doses of radiation. Passing over the British Isles, it will turn what may be left of them into a radioactive desert.”

Kiselyov did not directly mentioned Ireland, but Irish lawmakers including Prime Minister Micheál Martin described the mock-up of the Russian nuclear attack to Irish national broadcaster RTE as “very sinister, intimidatory-type tactics.” He called for Russia to apologize for “whoever instigated this.”

“It reflects a mind-set that is worrying and not in touch with reality,” Martin said.

The Washington Post contacted Martin for comment Tuesday afternoon Eastern time. He did not immediately respond.

Billy Kelleher, an Irish member of the European Parliament, expressed his “complete disgust at these threats.”

“There is no free speech in #Russia so these statements are being made with Putin’s approval,” he tweeted Monday. “Time to tell Russian Government that this wild language is simply unacceptable to us.”

In the past, Kiselyov has flaunted Russian nukes and fake news on his show during tense geopolitical times.

Kiselyov threatened to turn the United States into “radioactive dust” with a nuclear strike in early 2014, when Russia faced international fallout over its seizure of Crimea. In March 2014, he said the Russian arsenal was so menacing that it had made 52-year-old President Barack Obama’s hair gray.

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