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World War 3 fears as Russia warns of ‘universal nuclear war’ if West defends Ukraine

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Russian state TV has issued a chilling nuclear threat to the west if NATO puts peacekeepers into Ukraine, saying World War Three might be around the corner.

Moscow’s tightly-controlled state TV went into propaganda overdrive, warning alliance leaders meeting in Brussels today against deploying any troops into Ukraine, even if they were there to maintain peace.

These chilling threats come four weeks into Russia’s invasion, as Putin’s forces continue to bombard countless Ukrainian cities with air raids, but Kyiv’s resistance holds fast.

Moscow continues to cover up the extent of its losses in the war, having not updated its official death toll in weeks.

The ratcheting up of rhetoric saw blunt, undisguised warnings from the Kremlin’s mouthpieces on state TV, worrying that Poland would seek a NATO mandate for peacekeepers.

They also went on to claim Poland would seek a land grab, to snatch back Ukrainian territory that was once part of Poland, such as the city of Lviv.

TV presenter Vyacheslav Nikonov claimed that Russian truck drivers stuck on the border had spotted “an accumulation of American and Polish troops.

“As for me Poland strives not just to fulfil a peacekeeping mission, but to stake out the territories which they consider belonging to them historically.”

Olga Skabeyeva, host of state-owned Rossiya 1’s show 60 Minutes said: “If NATO members send peacekeepers to Ukraine…

“They should understand that this will represent a direct clash between the armed forces of Russia and NATO.

“And how this collision will end is probably not worth explaining … this is called World War Three.”

Despite threats of ratcheting up the warfare, Russia’s invasion continues to stall and stutter in the face of logistical and morale issues and huge Ukrainian resistance.

Early reports suggested that the Kremlin intended to take Ukraine in a ‘lightning invasion’ lasting days.

Military historian and retired colonel Yury Knutov, threatens use of tactical nuclear weapons if NATO deploys 'peacekeepers' in Ukraine

Military historian and retired colonel Yury Knutov, threatens use of tactical nuclear weapons if NATO deploys ‘peacekeepers’ in Ukraine ( Image: Channel 1 / east2west news)
But now, a month into the invasion, Putin’s men find themselves negotiating with the government they failed to oust.

Russia’s threats were echoed on other Kremlin-controlled shows. On Channel 1, Colonel Yury Knutov, repeated the same claims.

He said: “If there are any sane people left in NATO, they will not approve [a peacekeeping] operation [in Ukraine].

“Why? Because [a collective] NATO decision will mean a de facto declaration of war on Russia … this would be a Casus belli, meaning war between Russia and NATO.

“To win this war, whether we like it or not, we will have to use tactical nuclear weapons in the theatre of operations.

Olga Skabeyeva, Russian television host and political commentator, who attacked UK foreign secretary Liz Truss for riding on a tank in Estonia

Olga Skabeyeva, Russian television host and Kremlin-mouthpiece, who attacked UK foreign secretary Liz Truss for riding on a tank in Estonia ( Image: Rossiya 1/east2west news)

“This will then entail the use of powerful strategic nuclear weapons … which means universal nuclear war.”

Russia’s state TV mouthpiece also warned the same outcome would come about if Poland acted independently, and not under the NATO umbrella.

Throughout its unsuccessful invasion of Ukraine, Russia has repeatedly made threats towards the west about intervention.

On top of the invasion not going as planned, reports from The Financial Times and Washington Post suggest that Russia had been begging China for military equipment and financial support to help it get around sanctions, since it all began on February 24.

China, along with India, is one of the few powers yet to denounce Putin’s bloody invasion into Ukraine.

The butcher of Chechnya, veteran Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov, told Channel 1 that Putin should secure Ukraine’ s western border with Poland.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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