May 3, 2022,01:26pm EDT
If the British continue to send weapons to Ukraine, then Britain – and Ireland – face destruction by a nuclear tsunami.
That’s the unmistakable message from Russian media, which recently ran two animated videos depicting nuclear strikes on the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
The videos, which ran on state-owned television channel Russia-1, were narrated by Dmitry Kiselyov, a television presenter known as “Putin’s mouthpiece.” The first video shows a submarine launching a Poseidon, Russia’s notorious thermonuclear-armed torpedo designed to create a giant radioactive tsunami that destroys enemy coastal cities.
“The explosion of this thermonuclear torpedo by Britain’s coastline will create a giant tsunami wave up to 500 meters [1,640 feet] high,” Kiselyov warned, according to a BBC journalist who translated the videos. “Such a barrage alone carries extreme doses or radiation. Having passed over the British Isles, it will turn whatever might be left of them into a radioactive desert.”
Moscow has long threatened to nuke Britain during tense moments dating back to the 1956 Suez Crisis. But most striking about the recent video was that the torpedo wasn’t shown exploding off Liverpool or Portsmouth on the British mainland. The detonation happened several hundred miles to the west of the British mainland, in the North Atlantic off the coast of Northern Ireland. The thermonuclear tsunami then swept Northern Ireland and then on to mainland Britain.
The problem is that Ireland is an island cloven in two. There is Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, a NATO member that was a staunch opponent of the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and now is supplying weapons to Ukraine against the Russian invasion.
Ironically, as a matter of nuclear warfighting theory, the Russian threat isn’t totally insane. Some theorists suggest that as hostilities escalate between nuclear-armed powers, one side could choose to send a signal short of all-out nuclear war, by detonating a nuclear warhead on a remote target. While a giant tidal wave drowning the British Isles is more than a mere bargaining signal, a nuclear explosion far out in to the North Atlantic might – or might not – send a message without triggering total nuclear war.
As for the second video, it was aimed at comments by British officials supporting Ukrainian strikes on Russian territory, as well as driving Russian forces from all Ukrainian territory. The video shows an RS-28 Sarmat – Russian’s newest ICBM, nicknamed the Satan II – being launched from western Russia and landing in central England.
“It actually seems like they’re raving on the British Isles,” Kiselyov said. “Why threaten never-ending Russia with nuclear weapons when you’re on an island that is so small? The island is so small that one Sarmat missile is sufficient to sink it once and for all.”
Of course, the fact that the U.K. is geographically smaller than Russia is irrelevant for purposes of mutual destruction. However many ICBMs Russia has, what matters is that Britain has four Vanguard-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, each armed with up to 16 American-made Trident II missiles equipped with multiple nuclear warheads. That arsenal is probably sufficient to turn Russia into a nearly pre-industrial state.
I’m a senior editor at Forbes covering healthcare, science, and cutting edge technology.