Putin's mouthpiece threatens western world with nuclear strikes
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Vladimir Solovyov, a longtime ally of Putin who has been twice honoured by the President for his “service to the Fatherland”, launched into a lengthy diatribe against NATO for what he viewed as the defence of “tri-Baltic Die-mirates in their Nazi frenzy”, referring to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania and their desires to distance themselves from Russia. Solovyov asked if the West was “ready to burn” in retaliation if they were to help fight for the Baltic nations in the same way they have for Ukraine.
Speaking about unverified claims that Latvia wants to ban the teaching of Russian in its country, Solovyov said: “Ok, we’re going to send in our troops to defend the Russian-speaking population, 40 percent of Latvia.
“Will the NATO countries jump in? Are Berlin, Paris, London, Brussels ready to burn from the strikes of our missiles? And if necessary, from our tactical nuclear weapons?
“Will America be ready to step into battle for the tri-Baltic Die-mirates, in their nazi frenzy, violating the rights of the Russian speakers?
“Will America be ready to open up its territory to the strikes of Poseidons, Sarmats, or the already existing hypersonic weapons?
“If NATO gets involved, our approach will be different. Those aren’t our people, we won’t have any pity for them. That would be simply a ‘goodbye’.
“We would work on them with tactical and strategic weapons. Is this what they want?”
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces said on Thursday they had beaten back a Russian attack in the southern region of Kherson, while the death toll from Russian shelling of Kharkiv, a city in Ukraine’s northeast, climbed as the nearly six-month war grinds on without let-up.
The war has forced millions to flee, killed thousands, and deepened a geopolitical rift between the West and Russia, which says the aim of its operation is to demilitarise its neighbour and protect Russian-speaking communities.
As the conflict nears its sixth month, Ukrainian officials have said the war has reached a “strategic deadlock” as both sides advance and retreat intermittently.
Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said: “Russian forces have achieved only minimal advances, and in some cases, we have advanced, since last month. What we are seeing is a ‘strategic deadlock’.”
But Russian bombardment of a residential area of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-biggest city, on Wednesday evening killed seven people and wounded 16, the Ukrainian Emergencies Service said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described it as “a devious and cynical strike on civilians with no justification”.
One person was killed and 18 were wounded on Thursday in pre-dawn shelling of another residential area of Kharkiv, Oleh Synehubov, the regional governor said.
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In the south, Ukrainian forces routed an attempted advance by Russian forces near the town of Bilohirka, northeast of Kherson, Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said.
The south district of the Operational Command of the Ukrainian armed forces said Ukrainian forces killed 29 “occupiers” as well as destroying artillery, armoured vehicles, and a military supply depot.
And fighting around the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has raised fears of a catastrophe, with UN secretary general Antonio Guterres saying he wants a demilitarised zone established.
Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said he had spoken to the director general of the International Atomic Agency, who was ready to lead a delegation to the plant.
“I emphasised the mission’s urgency to address nuclear security threats caused by Russia’s hostilities,” he said on Twitter. The two sides have exchanged accusations of shelling near the plant.
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