There has been no shortage if downright wacky threats emanating from the Kremlin over the course of the last several months, and this week saw one of the most specific and terrifying yet.
The statement came from a well-known Moscow mouthpiece on state television in Russia, and described in detail just how Vladimir Putin could destroy the entirety of the United States with less than half a dozen missiles.
In footage from Russia’s flagship propaganda show, a member of Russia’s parliament boasts about the nation’s military might, before also labelling 2 million Ukrainians as “incurable.”Advertisement - story continues below
The politician, Alexie Zhuravlev, was joined on the talk show by fellow MP and Russian-state mouthpiece Yevgeny Popov, the host of the Rossiya 1 channel show.
The lawmaker claimed that two of Russia’s Sarmat ‘Satan 2’ missiles would destroy the entirety of America’s east coast – before adding it would take just “two missiles for the west coast” as well.Trending:
“Four missiles and there’ll be nothing left.
Then, almost boasting:
“They think the mushroom cloud will be taller than a high rise. That mushroom cloud will be visible from Mexico” said Zhuravlev.
His other threats were just as alarming.
As well as threatening to wipe out the United States with their nuclear capabilities, the unsettling conversation also covered the crisis in Ukraine, as the hosts repeated the ‘nazification’ theme of Russia’s invasion.
Describing them as “incurable,” Zhuralev stated that two million Ukrainians should “be de-nazified, which means to be destroyed.”
This is far from the first time that Putin or one of his stooges has suggested that the United States could have a nuclear fight on their hands, but it is certainly one of the most specific threats yet.