Leading Russian state television pundit Vladimir Solovyov has called on the Russian military to target Rishi Sunak with hypersonic missiles and arm the IRA in its latest venomous diatribe amid Britain’s continued support for Ukraine.
Putin’s main mouthpiece today lashed out at the prime minister for giving Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a contingent of Storm Shadow missiles, claiming the use of nuclear weapons is “inevitable” as the conflict continues.
“Britain, knowing that the b****** Zelensky intends to attack deep into Russian territory and capture Russian cities, specifically give him missiles.
“He wants to use long-range weapons directly to attack Russia directly – and lies to Westerners,” Solovyov continued.
“So here’s a Kinzhal [missile]. Rishi Sunak, here’s a Kinzhal… we have to use them.’
The foul-mouthed diatribe comes just days after Sunak hosted Zelensky at his Checkers residence in Aylesbury before making further commitments to supply Kiev with more missiles and train Ukrainian pilots in high-speed jets.
On state television in Russia, top expert Vladimir Solovyov demanded that Rishi Sunak is the target of a Kinzhal hypersonic missile
A handout photo provided by the UK Prime Minister’s Office No. 10 Downing Street shows UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (R) with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at Checkers, the Prime Minister’s country home in Buckinghamshire, UK, 15 May 2023
Russian MiG-31 is seen carrying a Kinzhal hypersonic missile
During his show on Rossiya 1, Russia’s main state-controlled news channel, Solovyov stated that British military bases abroad should feel the wrath of the Russian missiles.
“What should we say to the British?” he asked rhetorically.
“First, destroy all British military structures outside the UK.”
He demanded that Russia arm partisans with “weapons they could not even imagine” so that British military facilities “feel the wrath of God.”
This encouraged fellow expert Vladimir Rogov – who heads an organization supporting pro-Russians living in invaded Ukraine – to ask: “Can’t we somehow get the remaining fighting wing of the Irish Republican army fighting the British occupation, normal weapons to hit Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and elsewhere…?’
Rogov argued that this would amount to offering Irish ‘self-determination’ and would also serve to damage British institutions.
“This – and Scotland will be free,” replied Solovyov.
The raging pundit is one of the most recognizable faces on Russian television – and arguably Putin’s most outspoken mainstream propagandist.
He labeled himself as one of the despot’s darlings in 2018 when he hosted a weekly show called “Moscow, Kremlin, Putin,” which each week offered a review of all the good and good that the Russian president is doing across the country. performed.
But his broadcasts, which typically include extended monologues interspersed with fiery panel discussions, have become increasingly aggressive since Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
The 59-year-old Solovyov gained worldwide fame thanks to numerous outbursts on his nightly talk show ‘Evening with Vladimir Solovyov’, in which he regularly unleashes diatribes about how Russia should destroy its enemies with devastating attacks.
He has famously threatened Ukraine’s Western allies with nuclear war “London will turn to dust and burn in hell,” and has called on Putin to “plunge Ukraine into the Middle Ages,” earning the nickname “Putin’s Voice” for his unwavering allegiance to the Kremlin.
His latest unhinged remarks come just days after Moscow launched a relentless barrage of missiles and attack drones on Kiev in response to Zelensky’s meeting with Sunak to buy more weapons.
On Monday, at Sunak’s official Chequers country retreat, Zelensky won the promise of hundreds of additional air defense missiles and long-range attack drones.
Explosion of a rocket launched by Russia in the sky over Kiev this morning
Mr Sunak pointed out on Monday that Mr Zelensky was the first world leader he had received at Checkers and suggested it would be a “critical” week in the fight against Russia.
The two leaders greeted each other with a hug after Ukraine’s president landed in Chinook helicopters
Dressed in his trademark fatigues, Zelensky gave Sunak a bear hug after stepping out of a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter.
He said the crisis was a matter of “security, not only for Ukraine, it is important for all of Europe.”
“The front lines of Putin’s offensive war may be in Ukraine, but the fault lines stretch across the globe,” Sunak said.
The Kremlin responded that the new British weapons would cause “further destruction” – only to launch an indiscriminate attack on the Ukrainian capital hours later.
Last week it emerged that the UK was the first country to deliver long-range precision missiles to Ukraine.
The Storm Shadow cruise missiles, accurate to over 150 miles, are expected to be at the heart of the long-awaited counter-offensive against the Russian occupiers.
But the prospect of the UK supplying a fighter jet has effectively vanished, despite Zelensky’s visit in February and Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle wearing a pilot’s helmet in a not-so-subtle hint of what he wanted from the UK.
Instead, the RAF will help train Ukrainian troops to use Western jets, with No. 10 insisting Kiev has ‘decided’ to focus on F-16s – which Britain does not use.
Sunak is expected to push other countries to provide the airframes Ukraine wants.
Zelensky said his people are “deeply” grateful for the support the UK has provided.