Russian TV says nuclear war is most probable outcome as well all die someday

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A state broadcaster has made the chilling prediction that Russian despot Vladimir Putin will launch an all-out nuclear war on the West before accepting defeat in Ukraine.

Margarita Simonyan, editor of state broadcaster RT and one of the Kremlin's main propagandists said: "Either we lose in Ukraine or the Third World War starts. I think World War Three is more realistic, knowing us, knowing our leader."

But in a bizarre attempt to rationalise this horrific outcome, she reasoned death is inevitable anyway.

Simonyan continued: "The most incredible outcome, that all this will end with a nuclear strike, seems more probable to me than the other course of events.

"This is to my horror on one hand but on the other hand, it is what it is. We will go to heaven, while they will simply croak… we're all going to die someday."

This isn't the first time threats of nuclear war have been issued from the Kremlin with fellow propagandist Vladimir Solovyov, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, and Putin himself making them.

So far the US and UK have dismissed such rhetoric as bluster but with the threats coming more frequent there are fears a nuclear standoff is on the horizon before the Ukraine-Russia war ends.

Russian foreign secretary spokeswoman Maria Zakharova suggested that military strikes could be authorised against NATO states who provide arms to Ukraine, delivering a stern warning after the UK backed Ukrainian strikes on Russia.

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Zakharova released a statement naming Britain as one of the countries enabling the Ukrainian military after Britain's Armed Forces minister James Heappey said the UK backed Ukraine's air strikes on Russian infrastructure.

Zakharova said: "Do we understand correctly that for the sake of disrupting the logistics of military supplies, Russia can strike military targets on the territory of those NATO countries that supply arms to the Kyiv regime?

"After all, this directly leads to deaths and bloodshed on Ukrainian territory. As far as I understand, Britain is one of those countries."

Last week Russia successfully launched its latest nuclear missile – the Sarmat 2 – with Putin claiming it can hit targets anywhere on earth and cannot be stopped by missile defences.

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When foreign minister Lavrov was asked directly about the threat of nuclear war in a TV interview he said: "The risks are very significant. I do not want the danger to be artificially inflated [but] it is serious, real. It cannot be underestimated."

Russia's original plan for a days-long "special military operation" was dashed in the face of staunch and well supplied Ukrainian opposition.

Ukrainian forces remain in control of most of the country 62 days later.

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