Jun 30, 2022
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Russian media reacted to the sinking of a flagship battlecruiser by proclaiming that World War three had begun.

“Special operation”

Olga Skabeyeva,  a leading television presenter, announced on Rossiya 1 state television discussed the protracted “special operation in Ukraine.

“Many are saying ‘could it not be done more quickly?’” Skabeyeva said. “Everyone wants it to happen more quickly. Everyone would like a conclusive victory. Everyone would like all the objectives set to be implemented. Otherwise, on the whole, it’s impossible to accept the special operation which we started – Russia’s special operation in Ukraine.”

She justified the unanticipated length of the “special operation” by claiming it had expanded into a much greater conflict.

“What [the war in Ukraine has] escalated into can safely be called World War Three,” going on to insist, “that’s entirely for sure.”

She added, “Now we’re definitely fighting against Nato infrastructure, if not Nato itself. We need to recognize that.”

Anchor Olesya Loseva, the host of Vremya Pokazhet, made equally bellicose claims, saying that the West was now supplying “zillions of weapons” to Ukraine.

She argued that Ukraine was doing the West’s bidding by carrying out “yet more provocations, bloody, horrible, completely unthinkable.”

These will “force people to shudder once again and say that Russia Is a country which is unworthy of even being on the world map and that all Russians should simply be wiped off the face of the earth.”

Russia accuses Ukraine of genocide.

She went on to blame Ukrainians for perpetrating genocide. 

“For some reason, ordinary Ukrainians themselves aren’t noticing any genocide. In the Kharkiv region, they’re welcoming our soldiers like real liberators,” she said.

“People are coming out with Russian tricolors onto the streets where our military kit is,” she continued. “The people of Kharkiv are accusing not the Russian army of genocide, but the Ukrainian armed forces.”

Military pundit Dmitry Drozdenko said: “A full-scale multi-level war is underway with the collective West.”

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy took this threat seriously, warning that the world should “prepare” for Russian leader Vladimir Putin to use nuclear weapons in his invasion of Ukraine – and urged air-raid shelters and anti-radiation medicine to be readied for the potential calamity.

This comes after the warship 12,500-ton guided-missile cruiser Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, was sunk in a missile strike, killing hundred of Russian sailors. This marked the first time the Russian navy had lost a flagship since the battleship Knyaz Suvorov was torpedoed by Japan in the War of 1905, and it is also the largest warship lost since World War II.  The Russian Navy attempted to tow the damaged ship toward Sevastopol, but she sank before reaching the port. 

Ukrainian officials and the US Department of Defense said Ukraine attacked the cruiser with two domestically produced R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles. The Russian Ministry of Defence said a fire caused a munitions explosion. Russian media claimed missiles provided by NATO powers sank the Moskva.