Russian state television discusses how to destroy the US east and west coasts

A Russian politician, in a clip that has gone viral on social media, discussed what the country would need to do to destroy the US east and west coasts.

During a speech on Russian state television, Aleksey Zhuravlyov insisted Russia had the military capability to destroy America’s shores and said the US was trying to “up the ante”.

The video also went viral on Twitter and was viewed over 550,000 times.

As the Russian politician makes his claims in the clip, an English translation runs at the bottom of the page.

news week was able to independently verify that the words accompanying the video match what is being said. However, it is unclear when the video was recorded.

“I will tell you in full that it takes two Sarmat missiles to destroy the entire east coast of the US, and two missiles for the west coast,” Zhuravlyov said.

“Four rockets and there will be nothing left, they think the mushroom will be bigger than a skyscraper, this mushroom will be visible from Mexico.

“Guys you guys are so funny, what methods are they using anyway, they’re trying to up the ante, should we object to that?

“We shouldn’t fall for it, we’re just explaining that your calculations are wrong, so you have to calculate, don’t fool yourself.

“What should be said is that there is nothing left, no one is under any illusions that in the event of nuclear war everyone will be fine, no one will be fine, but do the math.”

As the war in Ukraine approaches 100 days since it began, Russia continues to weigh options for offensives against the country.

A system to launch one of Russia’s much-vaunted hypersonic missiles is reported to be operational by the end of the year.

The Tass news agency announced that a system for launching the Tsirkon rocket was being developed at the renowned rocket design office NPO Mashinostroyenia in Reutov near Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an economic forum of former Soviet countries in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, May 26, 2022 via video link in Moscow. A Russian politician discussed what needs to be done to protect the US east and west coasts in a clip that has gone viral on social media.
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A military source told the agency that the coastal missile system is scheduled to enter service with the Russian Navy “by the end of 2022.”

Another source said the new system will be able to hit both ground and sea-based targets. This would give it the same abilities as its predecessor, the Bastion, which employs Onik’s supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.

Anatoly Svintsov, deputy general director of NPO Mashinostroeniya, told military TV station Zvezda that while there are airborne and seaborne versions of the Tsirkon, his factory has been instructed to “intensify work on creating a naval version of the missile.”

The missile system development report comes as the Russian Navy plays an increasingly prominent role in the Ukraine war.

news week has asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment. Russian state television discusses how to destroy the US east and west coasts

Rick Schindler

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