ARussian state TV host recently said that Moscow would have “no problem at all” erasing Ukrainian cities.

In a video posted to Twitter by Daily Beast reporter and creator of the Russian Media Monitor Julia Davis, Russia’s state-run Channel 1 host Vladimir Solovyov can be heard speaking about the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and says “a total destruction of all infrastructure. We could have done that in a moment.”

“We are conducting a counterterrorism operation. We’re conducting a humanitarian operation. Americans are wondering, ‘What are you doing? Erase everything off of the map and that’s it,'” Solovyov said. “Imagine if we would say ‘Kharkiv’s population has 24 hours to leave the city.’ Is it hard to turn Kharkiv into ruins with our weapons? All of it in its entirety, erase it from the face of the earth, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, not a problem at all.”

 

The comments by the Russian state TV host came as fighting continues between the two nations, with Ukraine conducting a counteroffensive fight to retake control of some regions.

In a situational update on Monday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said, “During the day, the aviation of the Defense Forces hit 11 areas of concentration of enemy manpower and military equipment, one position of an anti-aircraft missile system and one ammunition depot.”

 
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Destroyed military vehicles and equipment are seen in the village of Husarivka, not far from the city of Balakliya in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine on September 18. On Monday, a Russian state TV host said that Moscow would have “no problem at all” destroying Kharkiv and other Ukrainian cities.SERGEY BOBOK/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“During the day, the enemy launched 4 missile and 9 airstrikes, carried out more than 11 MLRS attacks on military and civilian objects on the territory of Ukraine, violating the norms of International Humanitarian Law, laws and customs of warfare,” the Facebook post added.

In the video clip of the Russian state TV host, he can further be heard speaking about the recent attacks at Ukrainian power plants.

“The thermal power station in Kharkiv and hydraulic structures on the Inhulets River. Those weren’t two small episodes,” Solovyov said. “Putin said we gave them two hints.”

In response to the recent attacks, one of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky‘s advisers, Mykhailo Podolyak, said that they will likely lead the U.S. and other Western nations to provide Ukraine with more military assistance.

“But we need more, faster and already yesterday. I believe that Russia’s demonstrative strikes on thermal power plants and hydrotechnical facilities will speed up the process of transferring these systems to us,” Podolyak said while speaking to the Ukrainian news agency Interfax.

Newsweek reached out to the ministry for foreign affairs in both Russia and Ukraine for comment.

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