State Duma Deputy Andrey Gurulyov said in a video that has now gone viral that Ukraine will no longer exist.
Gurulyov’s comments came ahead of a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing a partial military mobilization.
During his speech, Putin also warned the West about how serious Russia is about the Ukraine conflict. Gurulyov issued similar warnings, saying Russia is not concerned about what other nations think of its actions in Ukraine.
Gurulyov’s clip was more than 100,000 views after publication by the Daily Beasts Julia Davis on Tuesday.
“No, this isn’t a cartoonish movie villain. This is State Duma deputy Andrey Gurulyov, former deputy commander of Russia’s Southern Military District, claiming that Putin’s decision means the end of Ukraine and the conclusion of its history,” Davis said.
Speaking about Ukraine, Gurulyov said: “Some say they will not realize it [Ukraine]we don’t give a damn who recognizes it.
“We do this for ourselves, right, we don’t care if, [Olaf] Scholz (Chancellor of Germany).
“Latvia was tormented by something, who are you anyway? You are a pimple on the body of the earth.”
Before Putin’s speech, Gurulyov issued a strong warning.
“I realize that today’s decision is the beginning of the end for Ukraine,” he continued.
“That’s it, this nation doesn’t exist anymore, it doesn’t exist. Film productions about Bucha or Izium will not change that.
“The time will come and everything will come out, it will be later and without Ukraine. Ukraine does not exist, Ukraine’s history is coming to an end, maybe it’s a good thing.”
Putin’s speech reignited fears of nuclear weapons.
In the pre-recorded address, he said he was ready to respond to what he called “nuclear blackmail” from the West by using his country’s own weapons, which strongly hinted at the possibility of nuclear strikes.
“If Russia sees its territorial integrity threatened, we will use all defense methods at our disposal, and this is not a bluff,” said the Russian president.
Putin said he has “many weapons with which to respond” to perceived threats from Western nations, which have imposed crippling sanctions since Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
“Those who are trying to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the tide can also turn in their direction,” Putin said.
https://www.newsweek.com/russian-tv-ukraine-war-latest-vladimir-putin-speech-mobilization-end-1744753 Russian state TV says Ukraine’s end is near as Putin escalates conflict