State TV: Russia Could Turn USA Into 'Radioactive Ash'
These are the days of miracle and wonder. Ukraine is disarmed because it made the mistake of trusting us, or more accurately, a Democratic administration. Now the enemy it feared has troops on its soil, is poised for a full conventional arms invasion, and is sending a message to us, or more accurately the current Democratic administration, from the other side of the world.
Moscow (AFP) - A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into "radioactive ash", in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.
"Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash," anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television.
Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.
His programme was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to leave Ukraine and join Russia.
He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud produced after a nuclear attack, with the words "into radioactive ash".