Russia launches ‘blatant provocation’ as Putin’s puppets demand the Bundestag be bombed with nuclear weapons over the tank deal

Angry Kremlin propagandists have called for nuclear strikes against the West in response to an expected decision to supply Ukraine with dozens of modern tanks.

Russia branded the move a “blatant provocation,” and an angry Putin mouthpiece called for the Bundestag to be destroyed after weeks of bitter disputes between Germany and NATO allies appeared to be finally resolved.

While there is no official confirmation yet, officials in Germany and the US said that to the delight of Kiev, M1 Abrams tanks and Leopard 2 tanks will soon be sent to the battlefield.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s officials hailed the move as a “blow fist” for democracy, while Russia had previously warned it would cause a “global catastrophe” and escalate the war beyond Ukraine’s borders.

Putin’s favorite propagandist Vladimir Solovyov railed against the tank movement, which he sees as a major blow to Putin

Russia had previously warned that supplying more tanks would “leave a lasting mark” and lead to “no good” amid fears in Moscow that the high-tech equipment could deal a crushing blow to invading forces.

Putin propagandist Yevgeny Satanovsky, president of the Moscow Institute for the Middle East, told Waldman-LINE that nuclear-tipped missiles should be aimed at the center of German democracy.

He said: “German tanks with crosses on their armor will again march through Ukraine and attack Russian soldiers.

“I have a natural reaction to that – the Soviet Union bombed Berlin in 1941.

“And that is a signal for me that the Reichstag or Bundestag, which is now replacing the Reichstag, simply cannot stand still any longer.

“Shallow, slightly radioactive, melted ground [will remain in its place].’

Meanwhile, Putin’s favorite propagandist, Vladimir Solovyov, also railed against the tank movement, which he clearly sees as a major blow to Putin, while in Russian eyes it is also proof that Germany has joined the war head on.

German soldiers are conducting exercises with the Leopard 2 main battle tank, which could soon be used in Ukraine

Putin propagandist Yevgeny Satanovsky, president of the Moscow Middle East Institute, said nuclear-tipped missiles should be aimed at the heart of German democracy

Washington is expected to announce later today that it will be sending M1 Abrams tanks (pictured).

“It is time to send out a clear and resolute message that we now view Germany as a direct party to the conflict and are rekindling the memories of World War II.

“The appearance of German tanks will definitely mean that we consider German territory, military bases and other locations as legitimate targets.

“NATO wants to fight in this clever way by pretending not to fight.

‘In your dreams! In your dreams!

‘And [German defence minister Boris] Pistorius will go down in history as the moron who turned Germany into a zone of direct annihilation.

‘And [Chancellor Olaf] Scholz too, and [foreign minister Annalena] bear buck.

“The German people will know which new Nazi leaders they raised and brought to power. That is my subjective opinion.”

Washington is expected to announce later today that it will be sending M1 Abrams tanks, and Berlin has decided to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine’s war effort.

Ukrainian soldiers ride a Soviet-era T-72 tank, widely used in the ongoing conflict, in the Donetsk region, January 20

An official said the tanks would be purchased as part of an upcoming Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative package that will provide longer-term financing for the purchase of weapons and equipment from commercial suppliers.

The US announcement is expected to be coordinated with an announcement by Germany that it will grant Poland’s request to ship German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

By law, Germany must agree to the tanks being handed over to Ukraine, which is not a NATO member.

With the promise to send the Abrams as part of the aid initiative at an unspecified date, the administration can meet Scholz’s request for an American commitment without having to send the tanks immediately.

“A few hundred tanks for our tank crews…. It will be a real fist of democracy,” Andriy Yermak, head of the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, wrote on Telegram.

In response to the escalation, Putin has begun a creeping new clandestine mobilization for the war, though he denies it is underway.

The Kremlin dismissed a report by US officials that a new “calmer” wave of 200,000 recruits was planned.

Nonetheless, there is clear evidence of a dramatic re-appropriation of conscripts both for combat and for work in military installations building tanks, missiles and other equipment for his war effort.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to send the leopards and allow other countries like Poland to do the same, sources said

Advance was already underway before the expected tank deal, but Moscow could well use the ramp-up as justification for mobilization.

A Western source said: “It’s underway without big announcements and will increase.”

One tactic may be to quickly persuade young conscripts – who, by law, should not be sent to war but only for military training – to become involved in the conflict with offers of higher salaries.

Separately, new rules will prevent men of military age from going abroad to countries like Georgia and Kazakhstan to avoid conscription.

Drivers will have to book slots to leave the country, making it easier for their authorities to veto their move abroad.

Thousands of men remain outside Russia for fear of being pushed to Putin’s front lines, where he has suffered catastrophic casualties.

Meanwhile, migrants from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan – who have been issued Russian passports – have suddenly been prevented from leaving Russia.

Those who tried were told they were “on the mobilization list,” it said.

Conscript soldiers from the Novosibirsk region who were forced to go to the front have asked their wives and sisters to protest on their behalf to the president and other officials.

A huge new training center is apparently being built in the Omsk region for thousands of conscripts needed for retraining to become armaments factories.

Instead of two years of training, recruits receive up to six months of crash courses to fill labor shortages at plants vital to Putin’s war effort, Readovka reported.

Men taking on new jobs in some regions, such as Kaluga, are ordered to show their military registrations – documents they are required by law to have – so employers can assign them to the armed forces if asked to do so.

Zelenskyy, who turns 45 on Wednesday, has been urging Western allies to deploy their most advanced main battle tanks, saying in his nightly video address on Tuesday that “the need is greater.”

Germany and the US have so far held back from providing heavy armaments, fearing support that could give the Kremlin cause to escalate the conflict.

Russia has warned that shipments of modern offensive weapons to Ukraine would escalate the war, with some officials saying its allies are leading the world into a “global catastrophe”.

Deliveries of main battle tanks by the US are “another blatant provocation,” Russia’s US Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Wednesday.

“It is evident that Washington is deliberately trying to inflict a strategic defeat on us,” Antonov said in a remark posted to the embassy’s Telegram messaging app.

“American tanks are destroyed by our military just like any other type of NATO equipment,” Antonov said.

Ukraine has for months pleaded with Western tanks that it must give its forces the firepower and mobility to breach Russian defenses and retake territory.

The question of whether to supply Ukraine with a significant number of tanks has dominated the debate among Western allies in recent days.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz stands in front of a Leopard 2 tank in October last year (file photo)

Germany played a crucial role as Leopards, used by about 20 armies around the world, are seen as the best option for Ukraine due to their availability in large numbers and ease of deployment and maintenance.

Although the US Abrams tank is considered less suitable due to its fuel consumption and maintenance needs, a US decision to send it to Ukraine could make it easier for Germany – which has called for a united front among Ukraine’s allies – to deliver allow leopards.

Two US officials told Reuters on Tuesday that Washington was ready to begin a process that would eventually send dozens of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided to send the Leopards and allow other countries like Poland to do the same, two sources familiar with the matter said.

Spiegel magazine said Germany plans to supply at least one company of Leopard 2 A6 tanks, which normally consists of 14 tanks. Some other allies intend to join Germany in supplying their Leopards, it said.

Separately, Ukraine fired more than a dozen senior officials in the biggest wartime reshuffle of its leadership.

The European Union, which offered Ukraine candidate status last June, welcomed the changes.

Among the officials who resigned or were dismissed were the governors of the Kyiv, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, the latter three frontline provinces. Kyiv and Sumy were important battlefields at the beginning of the war.

Some of the resigned officials had been linked to allegations of corruption.

Ukraine has a history of bribery and shaky governance, and is under pressure to show it can be a reliable steward of billions of dollars in Western aid.

The government’s reversal comes just days after a coalition of more than 50 senior defense officials from Europe and beyond met in Germany to discuss Ukraine’s wartime needs, and main battle tanks were a key issue. Russia launches ‘blatant provocation’ as Putin’s puppets demand the Bundestag be bombed with nuclear weapons over the tank deal

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