Presenter Olga Skabeyeva implored Rossiya 1 viewers to “recognise” that the country was now “fighting against Nato infrastructure, if not Nato itself.”
She said: “Many are saying ‘could it not be done more quickly?’ Everyone wants it to happen more quickly. Everyone would like a conclusive victory. Everyone would like all the objectives set to be implemented.
“Otherwise, on the whole, it’s impossible to accept the special operation which we started - Russia’s special operation in Ukraine.
And here we have it - in a rant seemingly aimed at explaining to viewers why the "special operation in Ukraine" is taking so long, Russian state TV presenter Olga Skabeyeva says her country is fighting World War Three against Nato
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The presenter continued: “One can safely call what it has escalated into World War Three. That’s absolutely for sure.
“Right now, we’re definitely fighting against Nato infrastructure, if not Nato itself. We need to recognise that.”
It comes as the 610 ft flagship Moskva sank on Thursday while being towed back to port, the Russian defence ministry said.
Russian defence officials said ammunition on board the ship had exploded in an unexplained fire, but Ukraine claimed it struck the ship with its Neptune missiles.
Moscow denied there was an attack on the warship and said that its guided missile launchers were intact.
The Moskva’s loss dealt a fresh blow to the Russian offensive as it prepares for a new assault in the eastern Donbas region that is likely to define the conflict’s outcome.
In his nightly address on Thursday, President Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukrainians they should be proud of having survived 50 days under the Russian seige when the invaders “gave us a maximum of five.”
Listing the ways Ukraine has defended against the onslaught, Zelensky mentioned “those who showed that Russian warships can sail away, even if it’s to the bottom” of the sea. It was his only reference to the Moskva.
Elsewhere, the Kremlin today claimed that its forces struck a military target on the edge of Kyiv overnight with cruise missiles, before promising to unleash more strikes on the Ukrainian capital in response its attacks on Russian targets.
Powerful explosions were reported to have been heard in Kyiv in the wake of Moscow’s announcement regarding the fate of the Moskva.
The defence ministry’s statement claimed that its overnight missile strikes on Kyiv had struck the ‘Vizar’ factory on the edge of the city, which it said made and repaired missiles, including anti-ship missiles.
“The number and scale of missile strikes on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to any terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage on Russian territory committed by the Kyiv nationalist regime,” the ministry added.