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World War 3? 'Russia could turn US into ash,' Russian TV journalist tells crowd

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Talk of a possible World War 3 is causing widespread panic among many after some controversial statements were made by a Russian TV journalist. Dmitry Kiselyov recently said that Russia could turn the “United States into radioactive ash,” a March 16 report from The Inquisitr says.

“Russia is the only country in the world that is realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” Kiselyov said in front of a crowd.

The remarks came just a short while after the Obama administration threatened to take action if Russia annexes Crimea in the wake of Sunday’s secession vote, The New York Post writes.

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According to the report, White House officials condemned the recent secession vote in Crimea and described it as being an "illegal power grab by Russia, saying it violated both the Ukrainian constitution and international law."

Meanwhile, leaders of the far-right and neofascist Ukrainian nationalist Pravy Sektor party have reportedly threatened to attack Russia's lucrative gas pipeline, which travels through Ukraine, to prevent the Kremlin from sparking a World War 3, IBT reports.

"We cannot allow the enemy to carry out a blitzkrieg attack on Ukrainian territory," said Dmitry Yarosh, leader of the far-right Right Sector organization which played a significant role in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

Leonid Kravchuk, a former Ukrainian politician and the first President of Ukraine, has also criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and the current issue in Crimea. He said Putin's action could trigger World War 3.

“They have gone beyond their base and occupied Crimea – it is conquered territory. Russia violated the Budapest Memorandum. Ukraine has every reason to go to international arbitration. I call on the Russian authorities to stop. Between our peoples should not be war. Does Russia not understand that this is the beginning of World War 3?" he said in an interview with International Business Times.

The referendum in Crimea in an atmosphere of relative calm does not mean that in the near future Kiev will desist from using force to recover the peninsula.

There are also talks of revenge from the Ukrainian political elite. Thus, Kravchuk said he was prepared to defend the integrity of his country with weapons in hand.

"We will defend our land. Will not yield to anyone," he promised.

For his part, the Acting Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Igor Teniuj, said that the Armed Forces will not allow the entry of foreign troops.

"The armed forces are on high alert," he said, adding that the military will do their constitutional duty.

What do you think about the situation? Do you think World War 3 is inevitable if Russia continues the conflict in Crimea?

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