A threat of an upcoming World War was declared by a leading TV presenter Olga Skabeyeva on Russian state TV.
During her show 60 Minutes aired on Rossiya-1, Olga Skabeyeva, one of the most loyal TV presenters in Russian media often referred to as the "Iron Doll of Putin's TV", suggested that it was "time to announce the nearing end" of what she described as the "special operation in Ukraine", saying that such an announcement "will pave the way for a third world war."
Russian TV propagandist Olga Skabeyeva suggested again that it's time to admit that the "special operation" was over and the Third World War had begun. According to her, Russia is forced to demilitarise not only Ukraine, but the whole NATO. pic.twitter.com/xOObJ1NglT— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) May 30, 2022
Olga Skabeyeva, who strongly supports the Russian invasion of Ukraine, calling it an operation to "protect people in Donbas from a Nazi regime", said on her show that even though the Russian army is "successfully destroying military aid supplies sent by NATO allies to Ukraine, the Russians will not be able to achieve victory unless they fight the whole military alliance and demilitarize it".
"I have some unpleasant news... Even though we are methodically destroying the weapons that are being delivered [to Ukraine], but the quantities in which the United States are sending them force us to come up with some global conclusions. Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge that maybe Russia’s special operation in Ukraine has come to an end, in a sense that a real war had started: WWIII. We’re forced to conduct the demilitarization not only of Ukraine, but of the entire NATO alliance." - Olga Skabeyeva
Skabeyeva's remarks noted that such an "inevitable" decision of expanding the military offensive will mean a direct global confrontation, one she called "a third world war".
Discussions with her guests; Russian lawmaker Oleg Morozov and official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Avatkov went on to highlight the support the Ukrainian military is receiving from Western allies, namely the United States and the United Kingdom, recalling Vladimir Putin's words vowing that countries "interfering" in the Russian invasion of Ukraine "will pay a heavy price" as a result.
Russian state television’s Rossiya 1 presenter Olga Skabeyeva said Russia's so-called special military operation in Ukraine was over and a real war has started, World War III— the stranger (@thestranger515) May 31, 2022
She added that Moscow now had to expand its goal of #demilitarisation to cover Nato countries.#UkraineWar pic.twitter.com/R4tzDnh84z
The TV talk also hinted that Poland could be the next target of Russian operations, saying that "Polish borders with Ukraine will be worthless if Poland offers military support for Ukraine".
Warnings to Poland come at a time another Russian official claimed that the east European country "is moving to seize territory in western Ukraine", without providing evidence for his claims, raising fears of Russian potential plans to extend their invasion to Poland.
Lawmaker Oleg Morozov wants to abduct a NATO-member def minister from a train bound for Kyiv. “He’ll wake up in Moscow,” he says, confirming to state TV host Olga Skabeyeva that he’s advocating kidnapping. Admittedly, this is the only way many people would visit Moscow today. pic.twitter.com/mMMQBZKoHb— Kevin Rothrock (@KevinRothrock) May 31, 2022
Moreover, Morozov made an unusual threat to NATO defense ministers visiting Kyiv, saying the Russians could "kidnap" one of them, bring them to Moscow, and reveal Western "orders" given to Ukraine.
Online reactions to the Russian talk show expressed fears of possible Russian plans to expand the war to other European countries, while others cast doubts over the seriousness of such threats, deeming it as "part of the war propaganda".
One of the main russian state TV propagandists, Olga Skabeyeva, has stated that “the special military operation in Ukraine is basically over” and that this is now the beginning of World War III.— Julia Kril 🇺🇦 (@juliavkril) May 31, 2022
Someone’s being petty because they failed to take Ukraine in three (& 90+) days.
Some commentators also suggested that such statements were carefully designed to justify the failure in achieving the invasion's announced goals.
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