The Russian TV host warned of “direct conflict” with NATO over the war in Ukraine as he ranted over the slaying of Darya Dugina, daughter of a Russian ultra-nationalist ideologue, in a car bomb attack near Moscow. During his tirade, Solovyov let sip on a number of problems facing Russia on the homefront as Vladimir Putin suffered setbacks in the battle to takeover Ukraine.
Solovyov told Russia1: “The West is moving towards an open confrontation with Russia by leaps and bounds.
“Politely speaking, I think we are acting strangely. Do we have any doubts that sooner or later NATO will enter into a direct military confrontation against US?
“The army is fulfilling goals of the operation, the national guard is meeting it’s goals, volunteers over there and what is happening in our country?
“What is this dereliction? What is this complicity?”
“The time of being relaxed is over – it is over!
“First and foremost within the country I’ve spoken to a number of people directly involved in the production of military equipment.
“They just throw up their hands. ‘There is no money here, there is no mother there.’
“Everyone is shifting responsibility to somebody else. What’s with shifting the blame? Do what you are told and if you can’t shoot yourself!”
Fears of intensified attacks rose after Russia’s Federal Security Service on Monday accused Ukrainian agents of killing Darya Dugina. Ukraine denies involvement.
The two sides have traded blame over frequent shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, where Kyiv accuses Moscow of basing troops and storing military hardware. Russia denies this and accuses Ukraine of targeting Zaporizhzhia with drones.
Overnight, Russian forces fired rockets into the nearby towns of Nikopol, Krivyi Rih and Synelnykovskyi, the area’s regional governor, Valentyn Reznichenko, wrote on Telegram.
Moscow requested a U.N. Security Council meeting be held on Tuesday to discuss the Zaporizhzhia plant, Russian state-owned news agency RIA reported, citing Deputy Ambassador to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy.
To the south, renewed fighting and explosions were reported in Russian-occupied Kherson and in the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014.
In Kherson, the sole bridge across the strategic Dnipro River was hit by high-precision HIMARS rockets supplied to Ukraine by the United States, injuring 15 people, a source in occupied Kherson’s emergency services told Russia’s Interfax news agency.
The bridge, a key crossing for Russian military transport in the region, has been repeatedly targeted by Ukrainian forces as they stage a counter-offensive to retake the Kherson region. A Kyiv interior ministry adviser said smoke was seen rising from the bridge.
Russian media reported explosions in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. The city’s Russian-appointed governor said an anti-air defence system had been triggered nearby. Crimea has been rocked by a series of explosions in recent weeks, including a blast at a munitions depot that Moscow blamed on saboteurs.