Vladimir Solovyov, identified as Putin’s “mouthpiece”, has threatened Europe and NATO international locations of an impending war as he stated Russia’s war is coming into “a new stage”.
The distinguished Russian state TV presenter stated there “will be no mercy” throughout his ranting speech.
Solovyov questioned whether or not NATO international locations may have sufficient weapons left to defend themselves as soon as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ends.
The ranting propagandist, who was sanctioned by the EU for his shut ties to the Russian chief, warned that Moscow can be “grinding up NATO’s war machine as well as its citizens”.
On the state-owned Russian tv channel Russia 1, Solovyov stated: “I believe the special military operation is entering a new stage.
“Ukrainians alone are now not sufficient. Now they’re speaking about NATO international locations supplying de-facto their very own weapons. We’ll see not solely NATO’s weapons being drawn into this but in addition their operators.
“De-facto, we’re starting to wage war against NATO countries. We’ll be grinding up NATO’s war machine as well as citizens of NATO countries.”
He added: “When this operation concludes, NATO will have to ask itself: Do we have what we need to defend ourselves? Do we have the people to defend ourselves?
“And there can be no mercy. There can be no mercy. Not solely Ukraine may have been denazified, the war in opposition to Europe and the world is creating a extra particular define which implies we’ll need to act otherwise and to behave far more harshly.(*3*)killer” on the wall.
Russia recently announced its plans to take over the south of Ukraine and the whole of the Donbas region.
Rustam Minnekayev, the deputy commander of Russia’s military, said Putin’s army plans to forge a corridor between Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula which Russia annexed in 2014, and the Donbas in eastern Ukraine.
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Mr Minnekayev said should Russia’s forces seize southern Ukraine, it would improve the army’s access to Moldova’s pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestria.
Transdniestria borders Ukraine, causing Kyiv to fear the area could be used as a launching pad for new attacks from Russian troops.
Ukraine’s Defence Ministry has denounced Russia’s plans to seize full control of Donbas and southern Ukraine, calling it “imperialism”.
The ministry wrote on Twitter that Russia had “acknowledged that the purpose of the ‘second section’ of the war will not be victory over the legendary Nazis, however merely the occupation of japanese and southern Ukraine. Imperialism as it’s”.