Russia will use a Poseidon missile to wipe out Britain if NATO troops put boots on ground in Ukraine
Russian state media has urged Vladimir Putin to use his submersible nuclear missile to wipe Britain off the map with a 300-meter radioactive tsunami if NATO troops land boots in Ukraine.
Retired Russian general Yevgeny Buzhinsky called for attacks on Britain with a Poseidon submersible missile that he said would create a 1,000-foot radioactive tidal wave.
Lieutenant General Buzhinsky, chairman of Russia’s Center for Policy Research, said Britain “certainly will not exist” if Russia unleashes the wrath of the nuclear missile.
Buzhinsky also threatened the UK with an attack from the 14-storey Sarmat 2, Russia’s largest nuclear missile, which he said would destroy the country.
Vladimir Solovyov, known as “Putin’s voice,” grinned as he said that if Poseidon’s underwater drone hit Britain, there would be a “tsunami.”
Retired Russian general Yevgeny Buzhinsky called for attacks on Britain with a Poseidon submersible missile (pictured) that he said would create a 300-meter high radioactive tidal wave
Lieutenant General Buzhinsky (pictured), chairman of Russia’s Center for Policy Research, said Britain “definitely won’t exist” if Russia unleashes the wrath of the nuclear missile
Vladimir Solovyov, known as ‘the voice of Putin’, grinned as he said if Poseidon’s underwater drone hit Britain there would be a ‘tsunami’
The warnings came as Putin’s propagandists discussed Russia’s military options after the lack of meaningful progress in Ukraine.
What is Russia’s nuclear-armed Poseidon torpedo?
Poseidon is a Russian nuclear weapon currently under development that is a mix of torpedo and drone.
Moscow claims it is unstoppable by its current nuclear defenses and can be used to destroy coastal cities or blow up aircraft carriers and their battle groups.
Poseidon consists of a 20-meter-long tube with a diameter of almost 1.8 meters that can be carried by specially modified submarines and launched like a torpedo.
Once launched, it acts like a drone and can be guided to its target from a distance.
However, the tube would contain a nuclear reactor, theoretically giving the drone unlimited range when traveling on a pre-set course to its target.
For an operator to control the drone, it must remain within range of some kind of control tower.
Poseidon is thought to be capable of traveling at up to 115 mph, which would give him the ability to outrun any torpedoes that could be used to destroy him.
It is also thought to be capable of diving up to 1 km, which would also put it beyond the range of current torpedoes.
While the exact payload is unknown, the warhead size seen in leaked designs suggests it could have a yield of up to 100 megatons.
That would make Poseidon about twice as powerful as the Tsar Bomba — the largest atomic bomb ever created — which destroyed everything within a 60-mile radius when tested in 1961, shattering the windows of buildings up to 560 miles away.
Buzhinsky also claimed on Russian state television channel Rossiya 1 that the “unstoppable” 10,000 km/h hypersonic missile Zircon was “on the verge of being used in combat operations” after testing.
“Of course there are drugs like Poseidon, which have been tested,” Buzhinsky said.
A grinning Solovyov replied, “I’d like to see how Poseidon works, I’d like to see Sarmat in action.”
“Tsunami, tsunami, yes, tsunami,” replied the pre-war Buzhinsky. ‘(If NATO) sends troops, of course it will end with (we use) Poseidon, and a tsunami. And 300 meter high waves.’
Solovyov interjected: “Britain will not exist then.” Buzhinsky, 72, agreed, insisting: “Britain certainly won’t exist.”
Margarita Simonyan, chief of the RT propaganda empire, added: “The UK will not be there.” It would be drowned “instantly,” she said.
The propagandists’ comments follow a pattern that has developed in Russian state media since the start of the war in Ukraine, which threatens Britain with a nuclear holocaust.
The threats are believed to be a result of the UK’s staunch support for Ukraine, which became the first NATO country to announce it would send 14 new-generation main battle tanks to the war-torn country in the form of Challenger 2 tanks.
Buzhinsky was angry that Putin’s rocket bombing of Ukraine had not gone far enough.
“Of course six missiles can’t reach the tipping point,” he said. There should be better 60 (missiles). Or even better 600.’
Putin sees the Poseidon as a key to his ultimate military supremacy over the West, it has been reported.
Another propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov has previously threatened that the Poseidon will “approach the target at a depth of one kilometer at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph).
“There is no way to stop this underwater drone,” he said on state television last year. “It has a warhead with a capacity of up to 100 megatons. The detonation of this thermonuclear torpedo close to the British coast will generate a giant wave, a tsunami.’
He said: ‘This tidal wave is also a carrier of extremely high doses of radiation.
“If it sweeps over Britain, what’s probably left of them will turn into a radioactive desert. Forever useless for anything.’
Buzhinsky also threatened the UK with attack by the 14-storey Sarmat 2 (pictured during a test last year), Russia’s largest nuclear missile, which he said would destroy the country
It comes as Russia continues to suffer heavy casualties on the front lines, which it does forced Putin to desperately empty Russian museums of obsolete tanks to repurpose them for its swinging war effort.
Footage shows obsolete Soviet-era T-62s being “modernized” at a 24-hour factory in Chita, Siberia.
The push to retrofit the decades-old tanks highlights the desperation of Putin’s military machine – while supplying Ukraine with state-of-the-art Western tanks.
At the front, Ukrainian soldiers said on Monday they were repelling attacks near Kreminna, north of Bakhmut.
In a forest about five miles from the front, cannons boomed and explosions rumbled constantly in the distance.
“Two or three weeks ago the fighting was at its peak, but it has calmed down,” said Mykhailo Anest, a 35-year-old medic. “There’s a lot of artillery and mortar fire.”
Trench warfare, described by both sides as a meat grinder, has taken a huge toll in Bakhmut, in Donetsk, with both sides reporting hundreds of enemy troops killed.
Russia launched five rocket attacks, 35 airstrikes and 76 attacks with heavy barrage systems in the past day, including against civilian infrastructure in the Sumy and Donetsk regions, the Ukrainian military said early Wednesday.
A Ukrainian light artillery vehicle moves on the road in Chasiv Yar, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, on March 12
Ukrainian soldiers are seen in a mining area in Chasiv Yar, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on March 12
Ukrainian troops repelled attacks on seven settlements on Bakhmut’s front, it added.
Russia says taking Bakhmut would open a path to conquering all of Donetsk, a central war target. Ukraine, which has decided to defend Bakhmut rather than retreat, says exhausting the Russian army now will help its counter-offensive later.
But not every military analyst is convinced that defending Bakhmut is the best strategy for Ukraine.
Ukraine suffered losses among the reserves it intended to use for a later attack on Russian forces, Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said in an interview. “We could lose here everything we wanted to use for those counter-offensives.”