Russian Propagandist Says “Holy War Mode” Has Been Activated

Russian Propagandist Says

( – When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, President Vladimir Putin claimed his military was on a peacekeeping mission in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Just days into the war, he claimed he was launching a large-scale operation to “denazify” Ukraine. Months into the conflict, the Kremlin had another excuse, claiming it was continuing its fight because of Satanists.

As the war approaches its one-year anniversary, the Satanist excuse seems to have stuck in the Russian media.

Holy War

Russian television host Vladimir Solovyov spoke about the war in Ukraine. In a video posted on Twitter, he is seen on state TV channel Rossiya-1 saying the country has moved “from special military operation mode to a completely different mode.” He went on to say Russia is moving into “holy war mode, for real.”

Solovyov claimed Russia is “up against 50 countries that are united by Satanism.”

The Russian host didn’t specify which nations he was talking about, but he was almost certainly referring to the 30 involved in NATO. But isn’t clear who the other 20 are or whether he was exaggerating. According to Newsweek, he also claimed if Russia doesn’t win the alleged holy war, then the “whole world will disappear.” Again, he didn’t elaborate or provide any evidence to support what he was alleging.

In December, Solovyov, an ally of Putin, said the West would be “reduced to ashes” in a nuclear war. He stated the war wouldn’t be contained to Ukraine because his country was fighting a “holy war,” and those fighting against them were “at war with God.”

Bipartisan US Delegation

On Friday, January 20, a bipartisan delegation of US senators visited Kyiv, Ukraine. Reuters reported the group, which included Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), criticized delays in delivering tanks to the nation.

There’s a debate about which country is going to send tanks to Ukraine. World leaders have criticized Germany, specifically, demanding it either sends its Leopard 2 tanks to the war-torn nation or allow other countries to do so. Graham told reporters he was “tired of the [expletive] of who is going to send tanks” and when they’ll send them. He spoke directly to Germany, telling Berlin to send the machines because it’s in their “interest that Putin loses in Ukraine.”

Days after Graham’s remarks, on Sunday, Germany decided to stop standing in the way of tank deliveries. On Monday, Fox News reported Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he was going to send the combat vehicles to Ukraine.

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