Russia’s deputy chairman of the Security Council and former president, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Thursday that those Ukrainian military commanders suspected to be considering hitting missile launch sites inside Russia with Western-supplied long-range missiles run the risk of bringing the end of the world.

Medvedev “did not name the commanders or disclose more details of the alleged plan,” Reuters reported.

“What does this mean?” Medvedev asked on social media. “It means only one thing: They risk running into the action of paragraph 19 of the fundamentals of Russia's state policy in the field of nuclear deterrence.”

“This should be remembered,” Medvedev said.

What also should be remembered is that all nuclear-war-mongering messaging strategized by the Kremlin over the past two years seems to have been assigned to the 58-year-old protégé of President Vladimir Putin, attempting to stoke such fears in multiple sound bytes since the start of the invasion.


As Kyiv Post reported last October, Medvedev, currently the chairman of Putin’s United Russia party, has taken on the role of the “herald of the apocalypse,” announcing more than 50 nuclear warnings over the course of a year. In March of 2023, for example, he issued ten such warnings in a single month, Kyiv Post calculated.

To wit, March 24, 2023: “Every day of the supply of foreign weapons to Ukraine ultimately brings this very nuclear apocalypse closer,” the ex-president said. “This does not mean that it will take place. But the horsemen of the apocalypse are on their way and continue their movement, you can be sure.” 

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Medvedev served as President of the Russian Federation between 2008 and 2012 and acted as Prime Minister between 2012 and 2020.

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