Russian talking heads, supportive of Vladimir's Putin's "special operation" in Ukraine, have hinted at what country will be the next target.
On Russia's state-owned television channel, a panel led by 60 Minutes host Olga Skabeyeva, discussed the war in Ukraine.
Skabeyeva then made a startling statement about where the military operation is at.
“It's time to admit, perhaps, that Russia's special operation in Ukraine is now over in the sense that a genuine war has begun, World War III," the propagandist said.
She then went on to say Russia is being forced to demilitarise not only Ukraine, but the "entire NATO alliance".
It wasn't the only startling claim made on the program.
Oleg Matveychev, a Russian parliamentarian and spin doctor, went on to suggest the country the Kremlin may be forced into conflict with.
“If Poland begins some kind of a military intervention, it must realise that its current borders are guaranteed by post-war military treaties,” Matveychev said.
“If they move past those borders, then they will nullify all post-war treaties."
He then said Poland's borders would be "worthless" if borders are crossed.
However, following Matveychev's remarks, Skabeyeva said she wasn't talking about Poland, but rather about the UK and US as "they're all lined up".
The remark came after a panel member echoed Putin's threat about countries paying a "heavy price" if they interfere with Russia's war in Ukraine.
Russian state TV's Olga Skabeyeva says it might be time to admit that the "special operation in Ukraine is over"
Russia has now been "forced to demilitarise the whole of Nato", she claims
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Russia identifies Poland as a potential threat
Poland shares borders with Ukraine and the Kaliningrad oblast, a Russian territory that does not connect with the rest of the country.
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has made it clear which neighbour it will be helping.
On Wednesday he said his country is improving its transport infrastructure to ease the export of grain and other key products from Ukraine which have been severely restricted by Russia’s invasion.
Poland has led calls for the European Union to toughen sanctions against Russia and for the NATO alliance to arm Ukraine to resist Russian forces.
Earlier this month, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Poland could be a "source of threat" while a spokesman for the Polish security services said Russia had been conducting a coordinated disinformation campaign against Poland.
On Tuesday, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, made baseless claims that Poland was trying to seize Ukrainian territories.
Russian forces move in on key industrial city
Since Russia's war in Ukraine started in February, the invaders failed to claim the capital, Kyiv but left behind a trail of disaster, despair and allegations of war crimes.
Russian forces are now concentrated in the eastern Donbas region and have fought their way to the centre of the Ukrainian industrial city of Sievierodonetsk.
If Russia captures the city and its smaller twin Lysychansk on the west bank of the Siverskyi Donets river, it will hold all of Luhansk, one of two provinces in the Donbas that Moscow claims on behalf of separatists and a key war aim of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
About 15,000 people remain in the city.
Putin sent his troops over the border on what he calls a special military operation on February 24 to disarm and "denazify" Ukraine. Ukraine and its allies call this a baseless pretext for a war of aggression and the West has imposed stringent sanctions on Russia in a bid to strangle its economy.
The United States has announced a new $US700 million ($A974m) weapons package for Kyiv which will include advanced rocket systems capable of hitting targets up to 80 km away.
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