(PresidentialWire.com)- While some in the West wonder what concessions would allow Vladimir Putin to “save face” in Ukraine, leading Russian lawmakers and propagandists say smashing the West is Russia’s ultimate goal.
Olga Skabeeva announced on Russia’s 60 Minutes that she had some bad news. Even though Russia is destroying the weapons sent to Ukraine, their quantity forces them to draw global conclusions. Perhaps Russia’s special operation in Ukraine has ended, and WWIII has begun.
Vladimir Avatkov, from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reacted to Skabeeva, saying that people must remember Putin’s words- that anyone interfering with the special military operation will pay a heavy price.
Skabeeva interrupted, saying that we’ll never forget Putin’s words, but many people are already trying to interfere in Russia’s operation in Ukraine.
“We must act, but we don’t know how to do so without a nuclear strike,” she said.
If Poland intervenes, its borders will be worthless, said Russian lawmaker Oleg Matveychev. Skabeeva cut in, saying she wasn’t just talking about Poland but also Great Britain and the U.S.
On Russian state TV, hosts and pundits refer to Ukraine as “the territory formerly known as Ukraine” and discuss how many millions of Ukrainians may have to die for Russia to complete “denazification.”
Vladimir Shamanov, former commander-in-chief of the Russian Airborne Troops, recently admitted that Russia “was built through territorial enlargement” and named Poland one of Russia’s main adversaries.
The State Duma Defense Committee chairman, Andrey Kartapolov, discussed Russia’s crusade on the state TV show Sunday Evening With Vladimir Solovyov.
Kartapolov said that the military operation was just the beginning for Russia. This war isn’t just an economic or info war; it’s about their faith. It’s about their right as a people to believe what they want, love who they want, and live as their ancestors wanted, on their land and by their birthright.
“These aren’t the first wars,” Kartapolov said. “Now, the same thing is going on. Quit telling lies to ourselves and our people. It’s time to take responsibility for what we say and do and move forward together toward the goal that the commander-in-chief has set.”
This strategy is consistent with the Kremlin’s previous approach to Ukraine: ludicrous claims that the chosen target was about to attack the Motherland. The impending conflict with the West is framed as a fight for Russia’s survival.
Too many Russian pundits and military leaders are rattling the sabers and are ready to turn the keys and let the missiles fly.