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Putin's Space Chief Stars in Bizarre Nuke Threat Video 

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When it comes to diplomatic belligerence, there is nobody more bombastic and bizarre than Russia and this week saw yet another turn toward the tawdry.

From the very start of their invasion of Ukraine, Russia has suggested that it could use a nuclear weapon either on Ukraine herself, or on the world at large should any other nation attempt to intervene in this genocide.  The threats have become so commonplace that they are often joked about.

But now, instead of just being frequent, these threats are getting downright strange.

Russia’s top space official, Dmitry Rogozin, recited a well-known children’s poem in a YouTube video commemorating a national holiday last week. When he got to the line, “I love everybody around the world,” the clip took a dark turn, showing footage from the test launch of Russia’s nuke-capable Sarmat ballistic missile, nicknamed “Satan-2.”

Threats of nuclear war are now so trivial to the Kremlin that they’ve become the stuff of jokes.

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On Saturday, Rogozin, the director of Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos, announced the second testing launch of Sarmat—a ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads—which he had called “a present for NATO.” On his weekly show on the state-run TV network Russia-24, Rogozin said he was the one overseeing “increasing demands for this machine that has been agreed with our client, the Ministry of Defense; and of course we have started the serial production of the missiles.” Rogozin added that on Putin’s orders, Roscosmos was planning to assign the first division of Sarmat missiles in the Krasnoyarsk region this year.

And that wasn’t all:

While boasting of his Satan-2 monstrosity, Rogozin also doubled down on Russian threats against NATO member Lithuania for its transit ban on Russian exports.

“From my point of view—and I am the man who led those negotiations in 2003, as the presidential special representative—we should start casting doubt on the entire package of our agreements,” he said, referring to the 1920 peace treaty between Soviet Russia and Lithuania that recognized the country’s sovereignty. “Lithuania has shot itself at its own foot, casting doubt on its own state border.”

Attacking Lithuania would be a powerful escalation of Russian aggression, and would almost certainly draw western powers into the war.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.