Russian state television issued a strong warning that the Kremlin could wipe out the UK at the push of a button for backing Ukraine.
On his primetime Sunday evening show, Channel One presenter Dmitry Kiselyov told viewers that Russia’s Poseidon submarine missile had the ability to unleash a 500-metre radioactive tsunami that would wipe out the UK .
The Poseidon is a nuclear-powered autonomous underwater missile approximately 20 meters long and weighing up to 100 metric tons.
“The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo near the British coast will cause a giant tsunami wave, up to 500 meters high,” Kiselyov said.
“This wave also carries extreme doses of radiation. After passing through Britain, it will leave what remains of it in a radioactive wasteland, unfit for anything for a long time.”
The threat comes as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to announce a new NZ$580 million military aid package to Ukraine when he addresses Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday local time (Wednesday NZT).
Britain has already sent equipment to Ukraine, including missiles and missile launchers. The new package includes electronic warfare equipment, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night vision devices.
In advance excerpts from the speech released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Johnson recalls a speech given in 1940 by World War II leader Winston Churchill as the UK fought off attack from Germany Nazi.
Johnson would say that “the British people showed such unity and determination that we remember our time of greatest peril as our finest hour. This is Ukraine’s finest hour, an epic chapter in your national history that will be remembered and retold for generations to come.”
Ukrainian President Volydymyr Zelensky addressed the British parliament on March 8 and also compared his country’s struggle to Britain’s fight against the Nazis. Johnson visited Kyiv on April 9.
– Additional reporting by The Associated Press