Source: Will Stewart

Russian state TV propagandists have claimed that World War Three has already started and that the West thinks ‘Russians should simply be wiped off the face of the earth’.  

Rossiya 1 presenter Olga Skabeyeva told viewers: ‘What it’s escalated into can safely be called World War Three. That’s entirely for sure. Now we’re definitely fighting against NATO infrastructure, if not NATO itself. We need to recognise that.’  

She also said Ukrainians were delighted to see Moscow’s troops in their country, waving the Russian tricolour and treating them ‘like real liberators’ in Kharkiv and claimed that Kyiv ‘not the Russians’ were carrying out a ‘genocide’. 

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Meanwhile Vremya Pokazhet host Olesya Loseva said in a segment that the West was supplying ‘zillions of weapons’ to Ukraine and that, at the suppliers bidding, Kyiv was carrying ‘yet more provocations, bloody, horrible, completely unthinkable’. 

She claimed the West believes ‘Russia is a country which is unworthy of even being on the world map and that all Russians should simply be wiped off the face of the earth.’

Separate state-run Channel 1 ran comments by military commentator Dmitry Drozdenko who claimed ‘the West has long been preparing for the war’ and that Russia faces ‘a full-scale multi-level war’ against the ‘collective West’. 

Rossiya 1’s Skabeyeva lamented that ‘ordinary Ukrainians’ are not ‘noticing any genocide… for some reason’ – but also claimed Kharkiv residents ‘are accusing not the Russian army of genocide, but the Ukrainian armed forces’.

The chilling statements came after it was revealed Moscow had lost another high-flying GRU military intelligence agent in Ukraine in the latest blow to the Kremlin’s most elite spy service.

Captain Alexey Bogomolov, of the 25th separate regiment of GRU special forces was reportedly killed in action. His funeral will be held tomorrow in Tambov region.   

It follows the deaths of 31-year-old GRU agent Captain Alexey Glushchak in mid-March as well as Senior Lieutenant Anton Volkov, Captain Konstantin Druzhkov and GRU operatives Islam Abduragimov and Shamil Aselderov.   

Separately, a video that emerged last week appeared to show multiple graves of recently killed GRU military intelligence special forces officers.

They were from the 10th Separate Order of Zhukov Special Purpose Brigade. The GRU is seen as Russia’s most secretive and – until recently – most effective service.

Britain says a GRU hit squad was behind the poisoning with Novichok of Sergei Skripal – who had defected to Britain – and his daughter Yulia in 2018.

In the Cold War, a GRU agent under diplomatic cover in London, Captain Yevgeny Ivanov triggered the fall of a Tory government after he seduced Christine Keeler, the lover of British war minister John Profumo.