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State TV controlled by Vladimir Putin has told Russians that World War 3 has already started, as a leading on screen propagandist said the country is at war with NATO.
The chilling statement from a leading television presenter came as it became clear Moscow has lost another high-flying GRU military intelligence agent in Ukraine, the latest blow to the Kremlin’s most elite spy service.
Captain Alexey Bogomolov, of the 25th separate regiment of GRU special forces (Stavropol), was killed in action in the conflict, it was revealed today.
Leading propagandist presenter on Rossiya 1 channel Olga Skabeyeva told viewers: “What it's escalated into can safely be called World War 3. That's entirely for sure.
“Now we're definitely fighting against NATO infrastructure, if not Nato itself. We need to recognise that.”
Military commentator Dmitry Drozdenko said on separate state-run Channel 1: “In actual fact a full-scale multi-level war is underway with the collective West.
“And the West has long been preparing for the war".
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Anchor Olesya Loseva, host of Vremya Pokazhet, told viewers that the West was now supplying "zillions of weapons” to Ukraine.
She argued that Ukraine was doing the West’s bidding by carrying out "yet more provocations, bloody, horrible, completely unthinkable.”
These will “force people to shudder once again and say that 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”.
Skabeyeva claimed Ukrainians were delighted to see Russian troops in their country.
They blamed the Ukrainians for “genocide, not the Russians, she claimed.
“For some reason ordinary Ukrainians themselves aren't noticing any genocide,” she said.
“In Kharkiv region they're welcoming our soldiers like real liberators. People are coming out with Russian tricolours onto the streets where our military kit is.
“The people of Kharkiv are accusing not the Russian army of genocide, but the Ukrainian armed forces.”
But the death of GRU agent Bogomolov – whose funeral will be held tomorrow in Tambov region – highlights the crippling blows suffered by the elite spy service.
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It follows the death of 31-year-old GRU agent Captain Alexey Glushchak in mid-March. Another to perish was Senior Lieutenant Anton Volkov, from Vladimir region.
In another incident, Captain Konstantin Druzhkov, 33, was killed last month.
He died alongside GRU operatives Islam Abduragimov, 19, and Shamil Aselderov.
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