Mikheyev, a regular pundit on state-owned channels and a known ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, made this statement during an appearance on a state-owned television station. “The nuclear war is coming,” he said. (Related: Russian TV airs discussion about possibility of launching nuclear missiles against Berlin, Paris and London.)
He then strongly criticized the West for supplying Ukraine with arms and ammunition, saying that this will only expand the conflict.
“[The West] talks about how many more weapons are being sent and how frightening these weapons are, they don’t understand what happens next,” said Mikhayev, implying that the only way Russia can match the West’s escalation of the conflict is through nuclear war.
Mikhayev continued by pointing out that the “terrible weapons” supplied to Ukraine by the West keep coming and one day the Ukrainian armed forces will use these weapons in a way they promised not to. This refers to a promise made to American Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the missile system Washington has supplied to Kyiv will not be used to strike targets in Russian territory.
“They promised not to use them a certain way, but most likely they will do it anyway,” said Mikhayev. “And that will lead to World War III.”
Mikhayev noted that when Ukraine inevitably uses Western-supplied weapons to strike at Russian territory, this will force Russia to retaliate or risk losing face.
“A common man asks, ‘What happens next?’ Next comes World War III. The nuclear war is coming, that’s all,” he said. “There will be a nuclear war.”
More Russian pundits warn of nuclear war if the West doesn’t back down
Mikhayev is not the first nor the last person to go on Russian television stations to warn of a possible nuclear world war.
One of these known television personalities is Vladimir Solovyov, who is also known by the title “Putin’s voice.”
During one episode of his show on Russia-1, “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov,” he made similar warnings about how Western-supplied long-range weapon systems could strike into Russian territory. If such an incident were to occur, it would only be a matter of time before nuclear war breaks out.
“Everything is moving in that direction,” he said. “I hope we’ll live through this. If everything keeps progressing the way it is, only a couple of mutants in Lake Baikal will survive. The rest will be destroyed in a massive nuclear strike.”
Solovyov warned that even if the arrival of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) weapons systems in Ukraine does not immediately lead to nuclear war, it still sets a dangerous precedent.
“If NATO decides they can place whatever they want on our borders, they’ll be sending more and more American weapons to Ukraine. Ukraine will fire and end up hitting one of our nuclear power plants, and here we go,” he warned. “The process will quickly become uncontrollable. Everyone will get more than they asked for. Bang! And there’s nothing left.”
The statements of many Russian media personalities come after the U.S. and its allies in NATO confirmed that they are sending multiple rocket launcher systems to Ukraine to support Kyiv in its fight against Russia.
President Joe Biden recently confirmed that it was supplying Ukraine with M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. The missiles launched by this system have an effective range of 102 miles and a maximum range of 186 miles.
A week later, the United Kingdom confirmed that it was sending M270 multiple-launch rocket systems to Ukraine. This long-range missile system can hit targets up to 50 miles away.
Read more about Russian threats of nuclear war at NuclearWar.news.
Watch this clip from InfoWars as Brian Wilson breaks down statements from Russian politicians and media outlets showing that the country is ready to retaliate against the United States with nuclear weapons for interfering in the war in Ukraine.
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