In an unprecedented move, a Russian state-backed television channel has simulated a horrific nuclear strike on Europe, warning there would be “no survivors”.
The move comes as a reply from Kremlin to the former British Army chief who warned that the Ukr@ine conflict could spiral into a Third World War.
The host of the show simulated nuclear attacks on Paris, Berlin, and London, stating that the bombs would destroy these cities in less than 200 seconds. The missile to be used — according to the host — would be the Sarmat ICBM.
While lending support to UK’s military aid to Ukr@ine, former British Army chief Lord Dannatt had said, “are we going down a slippery path that could take us into a more general war to be overdramatic, or very dramatic into World War Three?!”, Express had reported.
According to the displayed graphic, it would take 106 seconds for a Russian nuclear warhead to reach Berlin, 200 seconds to Paris and 202 seconds to London!
Chairman of the nationalist Rodina party, Alexei Zuravlyov, said that Britain would no longer exist in such a situation.
“One Sarmat and that’s it – the British Isles existed once, the British Isles don’t exist anymore. I’m serious,” he said.
State Duma deputy Yevgeny Popov from the United Russia party argued that Britain also has nuclear weapons, and if a Sarmat missile is used, “no one will survive” in this war, “no one will be [left] on the planet.”
“We’ll start over, from scratch,” commented Skabeeva.
When Skabeyeva cautioned “but we are serious people”, the politician hit back “and I am saying that seriously.”
“They’re accusing us of state terrorism”, he fumed, prompting Popov to say “the UK also has nuclear weapons”.
Popov added: “No one will survive in this war when you propose the strike with a Sarmat. Do you understand that no one will survive? No one on the planet.”
Zhuravlyov doubled down, declaring “we’ll start with a blank slate”, before saying the missiles “can’t be intercepted”.
“Their abilities are limited. They say they can shoot it down, we’ll see about that,” he added.
A map showing the how quickly the missiles could hit the capital cities of the UK, France and Germany was then put on the screen by the producers, indicating the missiles could be launched from Kaliningrad.
Skabeyeva urged caution, saying: “Sarmats are not in Kalinigrad yet. From Kaliningrad to Berlin is 106 seconds, from Kaliningrad to Paris is 200 second. You’re interested in London, 202 seconds to London.”
An incandescent Zhuravlyov continued: “They need to be shown this picture. ‘Guys look at this picture – count the seconds, can you make it? Hello, it’s already here’.”
As Popov struggles to contain his laughter, Zhuravlyov says: “That’s the way. Let them think about it. Get a stopwatch, count (to) 220 seconds. That’s how you talk to them, they don’t understand anything else.”
The tirade came after Mr Heappey told Times Radio it is “completely legitimate” for Ukraine to launch attacks on Russian soil.
He said: “It is completely legitimate for Ukr@ine to be targeting in Russia’s depth in order to disrupt the logistics that if they weren’t disrupted would directly contribute to death and carnage on Ukr@inian soil.
“There are lots of countries around the world that operate kit that they have imported from other countries; when those bits of kit are used we tend not to blame the country that manufactured it, you blame the country that fired it.”