Medvedev warns of apocalypse

Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev warned the West that continuing to arm Ukraine will lead to an apocalypse, in an article published Monday in the Izvestia newspaper.

"Our enemies are doing just that (arming Ukraine) without understanding that their goals lead to a total fiasco, to failure, to everyone losing, to an apocalypse," wrote Medvedev, who served as Russia's president from 2008 to 2012.

Then, he added, "the former life will have to be forgotten for centuries, until the smoldering debris stops emitting radiation."

Medvedev pointed out that in the West there persists the "feverish illusion that after finishing off the Soviet Union without a single shot, they will be able to bury today's Russia without major problems",

According to the former president, this is an "extremely dangerous mistake". "If the existence of Russia is really called into question, this will not be solved on the Ukrainian front, but together with the issue of the further existence of human civilization," Medvedev stressed, adding, "We do not need a world without Russia."